JULY 18, 2023
In 'La liberation de AIEXIS/ The discovery of Santos', Ralph Isenberg engages in a self interview based on real life facts about the cases of some immigrants in the United States and also draws a harsh critique of the flawed and corrupt system that seems to have become the basis of all the presented issues.
In this documentary, the narrator tells the story of a young boy from El Salvador who encounters the violent life in his country while in the care of his uncle for a brief period of nine months. His parents are immigrants in the United States and they try as much as they can to take their child with them. This became possible only with the help of Ralph Isenberg and through his centre „Isenberg Centre for Immigration Empowerment”. The second story is about a mother who travels back to El Salvador to see her dying grandmother and on her return she is not allowed to leave the country with the children, therefore remaining in her country while her kids have to manage living in the U.S without her presence for a period of time.
The issue of immigration has always been there, especially in the history of the United States, being one of the main points of discussion for most of the generations out there. The best example that can relate with Isenberg’s stories is Maxine Hong Kingston, who writes about the problems Chinese immigrants encountered when they came to work and live in the U.S, in her two auto-fictional books 'The Woman Warrior' and 'China Men'.
This documentary could have been more truthful if there were some cinematic insights or descriptive video parts to highlight the problems and foreground the dramatic background of the situations presented. However, Isenberg’s statement has the potential to become a feature film in the future. It is only up to him if he is willing to transpose in images these emotionally charged stories.
Review written by Vlad A.G