Reviewed by: AAA Executive Program Committee
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Human rights
Secondary Theme: Immigration/Migration/Citizenship
Conozca Sus Derechos (Know Your Rights) is a Virtual Reality film that immerses the viewer in the situation of a federal immigration raid at a home. This film is intended to educate the viewer about rights that everyone in the United States are entitled to. The film illustrates the options people have while being confronted by federal agents about their citizenship status. The immersive experience of this VR film is intended to serve two purposes, depending on the audience. The primary focus is educating undocumented people about their rights with seven steps on what to do during a federal immigration raid. The second intention is to engender empathy for those affected by deportation and family separation. The current political climate in the United States has created much uncertainty and fear surrounding issues regarding displacement. This film attempts to combat this by both giving power to the viewer through knowledge of their rights and experience gained in a safe space, while giving them the opportunity to gain insight on what it may be like to be confronted by federal immigration officers.