“A tough and uncompromising look at immigration enforcement. Tracey’s camera becomes almost a participant in these dramas, as it glides down apartment corridors, scrutinizes a scowling hoodlum and peers curiously through a grille at the handcuffed suspect riding in the back seat. Weaving these elements together is the near-poetic narration that rhapsodizes about previous generations of immigrants as “hoisting a nation on their backs.”
“Various journalists have made a stab at explaining the work of immigration investigators, but nothing compares to this thorough, engaging look at the people whose job is to enforce Canada’s immigration laws.”
“Tracey touches a powerful chord in pointing out that the desire to work hard, raise a family and build a more contented life, qualities we admire in immigrants of decades past, is just as strong among those who arrive illegally. Throughout it all, Tracey’s camera becomes almost a participant in these dramas, as it glides down apartment corridors, scrutinizes a scowling hoodlum in a detention centre and peers curiously through a grilled at the handcuffed ridding in the back seat of an immigration agent’s car.”
Shot over a period of six months in Toronto, Canada, this film documents the riveting, often frightening cat and mouse game of immigration police and illegal immigrants. This is a world of moral, emotional and legal collisions between illegal and investigator. Between hunter and hunted.
With extraordinary access to Canadian Immigration investigators on the job, the filmmakers capture factory raids, arrests and deportations. Sometimes the illegals are criminals. Sometimes they are only dreamers. Yet, there are always raw human consequences, and the pull of larger historical forces.
All industrialized countries today have an “immigration problem,” which staunchly divides public policy and opinion. As the world grows hungrier and the poor more vocal, illegal immigrants continue to flood our shores. Startling and poignant, Invisible Nation is a documentary that challenges easy opinions and comforting stereotypes. It put a face on a hidden community at the heart of our nation.
Produced by Investigative Productions in association with TVOntario, CityTV, CFCF 12, Knowledge Network, SCN with the Financial support of The Rogers Documentary Fund, the participation of The Cable Production Fund & Rogers Telefund and the assistance ofTelefilm Canada and the OFDC