According to Pew Research, there are 45 million foreign-born individuals in the United States. They represent 14% of the U.S. population, 17% of the U.S. labor force, and about 20% of the world’s total immigrants. About two-thirds of Americans say immigrants strengthen the country “because of their hard work and talents,” while about a quarter say immigrants burden the country by taking jobs, housing, and health care. 

While immigration policy is debated across aisles, it’s important to remember that each person and every family that comes to America has its own story of desperation, courage, persistence, or love. It was one of these stories that inspired Ekwa Msangi to write and direct her finely tuned and deeply moving new film Farewell Amor.

“It’s inspired by the relationship of an aunt and uncle of mine who were married in…

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