Immigration-Themed Bollywood Movie to Screen in Seattle

May 11, 2016 7:34 am
by David Jakeman

Immigration law stories are not generally what you think of as movie material, but that does not mean that they can’t become an interesting topic for a feature film. But that’s changed as of late, with a story about an Indian’s experience working as a highly skilled tech worker and dealing with the challenges of fitting into the U.S. immigration legal system. The movie is called For Here or To Go?, and it has many people appreciating the perspective it provides on one example of the immigrant experience.

Film’s Plot Revolves Around Immigration

The film tackles the difficult challenges facing highly skilled workers who immigration to the United States for jobs. Often, there is an image of the tech savvy entrepreneur coming to the United States from a different country, but that often overlooks the challenges that many highly educated skilled employees face in the immigration system. There is a scene in the movie where one of the workers goes around the office to try to get support for his legal stay in the country. The boss sends the worker to the human resources office, which then sends him to the legal office, which then sends him back to the boss.

The whole process of waiting in lines, both figurative and literal, is a common theme in the movie. For Seattle immigration attorneys interested in romantic comedies, don’t worry: there’s also a love story in the movie as well. The movie follows four high-skilled workers trying to carve out a space in the United States and takes a look at some of the challenges that can face those trying to make it in the country.

Inspiration for Immigration Story

The inspiration for the story came from the economic downturn in 2009, when the writer and producer of the film, Rishi Bhilawadikar, came to see how much it affected some of her clients. She is an immigration attorney herself, and she saw how many struggled to find a way of legally staying in the country to find work and make contributions to the U.S. economy.

The hope is that this movie will help bring attention to the immigrants facing the choice of leaving the United States to take their talents elsewhere. There have been debates about the need for highly skilled work in the United States. The H1-B visa has not been uncontroversial, but it is necessary to have these tough conversations in order to find the most effective paths forward. Seeing stories from different perspectives is an important part in that process.1

Movies can definitely reach audiences that other mediums cannot. Especially with so many Americans being more visually oriented as digital natives. Perhaps this movie can get the ball rolling on other conversations about immigration and U.S. immigration policies. So if you’re a Seattle area immigration attorney, you might want to take a look at this movie.

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