Voices in motion: the film that shows the other face of migration

Photo: Patxi Uriz, CAD Productions

From the very beginning, humans went on the move and forced others to move for different purposes. Today, globalization has allowed migration to reach an unprecedented scale. In cities like Barcelona, 28% of its residents were born in a different country from Spain.

In times of crisis, hate speeches try to use migration as the scapegoat, stimulating marginalization and putting our societies at risk of a social fracture. However, the facts confirm that migrant populations widely contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of modern societies.

The documentary Voices in motion showcases the stories of five people with migratory backgrounds (either from their own migratory process or from their parents), who are committed to giving social value.

An actor, an entrepreneur, a PhD graduate who mentors migrant professionals, a poet and an activist speak about how they contribute to their society and claim for better recognition and acceptance of people, beyond where they come from.

The result is a mosaic of stories, lives, experiences, purposes and identities that come together to show us what is important: migration is essentially a human instinct and experience. We are all humans, with purposes and dreams, and need to be recognized and treated in that terms.

The interviewed experts call for greater recognition of migrants as people with their own voice, with full capacity to speak for themselves.

They also denounce the discourses that call for better integration but just talk about migrants in the third person, without giving them opportunities for direct expression, proportional to their contributions to society.

Moreover, the documentary highlights the main challenge in this area: without a comprehensive approach to migration, Spanish society faces the risk of fragmentation and inequality. With that, certain groups are condemned to stagnation in cycles of poverty and ostracism, affecting the social cohesion that every society needs to thrive.

Migrants, experts say, contribute with knowledge, innovative know-how, and enriching cultural features and energy that make host societies stronger.

This documentary was produced by Friedrich Naumann Foundation Madrid and directed by CAD Productions.

Geisel García Graña
Geisel García Graña
Geisel is Communication & Ecosystem Manager for GlobalCAD and a consultant in communication and sustainable cities. She has a PhD. in Communication Sciences by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. @geiselgg