When I started with this project, my aim was to report on Immigration Detention Centres and deeply analise the legal and moral consequences of their existence. Then, the scope of my work broadened significantly when I realised that these centres could not be studied as an isolated phenomenon. They were only part of the repressive apparatus of the state to fight against illegal immigration. Racist raids, deportation flights and expulsion procedures should be properly pictured and explained in order to understand the nature of these centres, whose lack of transparency has largely been criticised and condemned by very different organizations.
However, there was something else to be taken into account. I was not only interested in just bringing up relevant data and views. Firstly, I wanted to start a debate and add the vision of those who support the existence of these centres. Fortunately, this has been largely achieved, although all the members of the actual Government, IDC Directors and the Companies mentioned in this doc who have been offered to participate, have declined the invitation.
Nevertheless, my aim was to put the focus on the personal stories of the immigrants..
Sometimes statistics and data only help to put distance, in terms of empathy and emotions, between the subject, the immigrants in this case, and the audiencies. Public institutions and the media when refer to immigrants as irregulars, illegals or undocumented people also contribute to establish this distance between them and us. This process of despersonalization eases the public acceptance of the actions taken against them, most of them illegal. My will was to put the stories of Mourtada, Samuel and Peggy at the core of my documentary; let them talk and express themselves. It is by means of their powerful stories how the narrative unfolds.
’23 30 A captive story’ film director