"How will I tell my kids 'dad's not going to be here for Christmas'? 'Dad's not going to be here for your birthday?' In five days, I might be deported."
These are the concerns which echo through the trailer of the latest YouTube Originals documentary The Deported. Over the last few years, there seems to have been a resurgence in the public's investment in documentaries. Streaming services such as Netflix, in particular, have placed a great emphasis on putting out content which entertains, educates and encourages discussion.
Arguably, that's the greatest objective of a documentary like The Deported; to nurture debate. Sure, there's more often than not a clear, identifiable agenda at the core of the work, but the very best documentaries are the ones which consider balance. It's all well and good platforming an argument, but it always helps to highlight the oppositional argument. This then creates a dialogue with the audience.
As more continue to check out this Youtube Original, there's sure to be an important one.
Youtube Originals: The Deported
The topic of immigration, here in the case of America, has always been a very prevalent one in the media. Everybody has differing and conflicting views on the matter, and essentially, it comes down to how much you've researched and read.
Knowledge is power, and it always helps to read into what's going on rather than taking it at face value. Pat McGee's latest documentary appears very intent to evaluate the current landscape of immigration issues, but The Deported looks set to tell an intimate and personal story along with it.
It centres upon four families in the United States - and also long term residents - who face deportation, and is led by actress Rosario Dawson (Jessica Jones). The decision will lead to families being separated and torn apart, and the documentary follows them as they approach a decision; will they go willingly? Will they seek refuge? Will they do nothing?
Obviously, this is a very timely dive into an issue many families face, but this is a piece of work which exists outside of its runtime. After watching it comes the debate.
The Deported faces backlash
There is sure to be a huge discussion now that it has arrived, but actually, it looks like the conflict began earlier.
The trailer dropped on Wednesday, July 10th 2019 and already The Deported has received both praise and condemnation - perhaps even in equal measure. It's racked up over ten million views already, which goes to show just how much interest there is in the topic right now.
However, when you look at the response, there are 47k thumbs up reacts, but an even weightier 52k thumbs down. Essentially, we already have an audience split down the middle, which is unlikely to change even when people watch the full documentary.
If you go to the top comments, you'll see remarks like "Heehoo I did an illegal thing and don’t want to suffer the consequences" and "if you were illegally in a country what can you expect? Lol". So already, there is a discussion waging in the comments section. It was always going to prove a divisive project, but it's likely that both parties will tune in to watch and see what The Deported has to say.
How to watch
The documentary film released on Wednesday, July 17th 2019 and continues to attract audiences.
Unfortunately, it's not available on Netflix, which would have ensured more widespread exposure. However, it is easy to access.
The Deported is available to watch on YouTube Premium. If you haven't got it, you can sign up for a free month trial; once this ends, the service costs £11.99 per month. This gives you access to YouTube Originals such as this one, as well as the ability to use YouTube and YouTube Music ad-free.
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