Gael García Bernal is working with Amnesty International to create four short films called The Invisibles.
The project will document the plight of migrants (mostly from Central America) travelling perilously without legal permission through Mexico.
Bernal said: “The flow of migrants will never stop. There will always be an ebb and flow, a coming and going, a present and a future. The international economy is also bound by this relentless law. The Mexican authorities must protect migrants in our country. The law must protect us all, whether nationals or foreigners. It’s essential Mexico sets a good example in the way it treats migrants to be consistent with the valid demands we make for the fair treatment of migrants in the United States .”
Sarah Shebbeare, Amnesty International Mexico campaigner and executive producer of the films, added: “As the world’s experts on migration gather in Puerto Vallarta for the Global Forum on Migration and Development this week, hundreds of miles away migrants in Mexico are facing terrible dangers.
“The Mexican government has promised to improve protection for migrants. It is time to turn that promise into action. As a first step, we are calling on the government to establish a clear action plan and to collect and publish nationwide data on abuses against migrants and on the action taken to hold those responsible to account.”
The film project will premiere in Mexico City tonight, to coincide with the launch of the 2010 Global Forum on Migration and Development in Puerto Vallarta. The films also launch online today at www.youtube.com/invisiblesfilms
The four shorts are:
Seaworld, about a girl travellign with her family with the hopes of visiting the marine park.
Six Out of Ten, Talking to three women from Honduras who want better lives for their families.
What Remains, about a mother in El Salvador whose son has been missing for 10 years.
‘GOAL!’: about the endless drive of some immigrants to reach the US.