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EXILED

Two military veterans, both green card immigrants willing to die for America, get deported
Immigration Studies • American Studies • Latinx Studies
Mental Health • Criminal Justice • Sociology • Human Rights
Director, Producer & Cinematographer Mike Seely. Editor & Co-producer John Kane.
Associate Producer Diya Guha.
2017. 30 minutes. English & Spanish with English Subtitles. Includes Captions. 

EXILED tells the emotional and complicated stories of two deported U.S. military veterans living in Tijuana, Mexico. Although these soldiers had “lawful permanent resident” status in the U.S. and performed honorable military service, they have been sent back to their birth countries because of criminal convictions. Mauricio Hernandez struggles with severe PTSD as a result of his time as a U.S. combat soldier in Afghanistan, but in Mexico, he has no access to the mental healthcare that he is entitled to as a veteran. With sweat, tears and grassroots organizing, deported paratrooper Hector Barajas is on a mission to raise awareness about the deported veteran issue, and reunite with his 11-year-old daughter in Compton, California.

 

In this powerful and intimate investigation of the human consequences of current U.S. immigration policies, these EXILED soldiers, who have been willing to die for their country, are now fighting to be heard and return to America - the only country they consider home.

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Reviews & Quotes

Boston College Law School

Jennifer Klein, Adjunct Professor

"In an introductory immigration law course, this film brought a human element to the laws and systems studied throughout the semester, and was a perfect illustration of the dangers of deploying a simplistic good immigrant/bad immigrant narrative in shaping immigration policy. The film painted a powerful picture of the ways in which non-citizens, even those who have served our country, face dramatic consequences once entangled in the criminal justice system."

UC Berkeley College of Journalism

Samantha Grant, Lecturer

"When it comes to immigration, there is no simple solution. Exiled is an gripping and intimate documentary that perfectly demonstrates the problems that arise with hard line policies around immigration. Through the emotional stories of compelling and relatable characters, Exiled challenges assumptions and raises hard questions about what it even means to be an American in this day and age."

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K. Fennessy

"Although Seely’s film focuses on only two men, it’s clear that they represent hundreds of others in the same predicament. Recommended."

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