Selena Gomez is shining a light on the issue of immigration…
The 26-year-old Mexican American singer/actress’ latest project, Living Undocumented, has been picked up by Netflix.
The documentary series, which will premiere on the streaming giant on October 2, counts Gomez among its executive producers. It follows eight families who agreed to let film crews chronicle their lives as they faced potential deportation. Their stories range from harrowing to hopeful and illuminate and humanize the complex U.S. immigration system, while the families endure in their quest to pursue the American Dream.
Aaron Saidman and Anna Chai co-direct the series.
“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented, because over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” said Gomez. “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.”
Added Saidman, “Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time. 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.”
Living Undocumented joins a roster of docuseries at Netflix that includes Our Planet, Chef’s Table, Diagnosis, Ugly Delicious and Explained, among others.