Migration is Beautiful

Date: 

Jan 26 2013

Location: 

Online

Artist and social activist Favianna Rodriguez collaborated with musician Pharrell Williams to create a documentary series focusing on migrants in America. The documentary consists of 3 episodes that focus on the role of artists in the political realm. The goal of the documentary is to change the perception of immigrant workers in America. The documentary captures activist, street artists, filmmakers, musicians and public performers who are using art to influence the national dialogue on immigration. In an interview with the Huffington Post, when asked about how art can have a distinct advantage for creating social change, Rodriguez replied "Art is uniquely able to speak to our understanding of the world by delivering potent, powerful and empathetic content. People engage with art in a very different way than they engage with a policy paper or a news article or even a protest. This is why I believe in the power of art to shape thoughts, change hearts, and ultimately help shape laws and policy. Art has the potential to distill the most complex social challenges down to their most basic and simplest values. Values like love, family, caring for the other, caring for those in need, and fighting the things that cause human suffering."

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