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Selena Gomez just announced an important political project she has secretly been working on: Living Undocumented, which will follow eight families facing the possibility of deportation. Their stories are meant to help humanize immigration policy and show the full range of experiences families encounter.
She shared a trailer on her Instagram, writing, “I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me. Available globally October 2. ❤️”
The Hollywood Reporter got an additional statement from Gomez on why she chose to be part of the project. “I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented, because over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” Gomez said. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”
Gomez is executive producing the series with Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, her mother Mandy Teefey, Anna Chai, and Sean O’Grady.
Saidman stressed they want the documentary series to add a human dimension to the immigration issue that numbers don’t convey. “Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time,” he said. “But rather than discussing this issue with only statistics and policy debates, we wanted viewers to hear directly from the immigrants themselves, in their own words, with all the power and emotion that these stories reflect.”