Have you seen the movie Home Again? If not, there is no time like the present. I have watched this movie about four times and every watch has me seeing something different and experiencing something different.
About The Movie
The movie is about three individuals who were deported to Jamaica after living in the United States, Canada and the UK from they were small children. These individuals were not illegal immigrants, had a landed/ residential status in each country but were deported for committing some form of illegal act. The movie takes us in the world of what it is like to come back to a country where you have limited ties and limited resources.
The Misconception of the deportees
So what does it mean to be a deportee in Jamaica? I will start off by saying that the negative connotation that is associated with being a deportee instill judgements in the citizens of Jamaica and left most of the “deportees” feeling ashamed of their circumstances. After watching the movie I had a few discussion with some of my friends/colleagues that are Jamaicans and reside in Jamaica and here are some of the most common responses that I got when asked what they think about deportees:
- They are all illegal immigrants
- They cause the deportation on themselves
- They went to foreign and throw stones behind them so they deserve whatever they get
- They are all criminals and they are the ones that is bringing down the country (Jamaica)
- They are crack heads
I must admit that I had blinders on when it came to deportees, but after watching the movie, my whole concept changed and I had to think about what it would be like for someone to leave a country when they were a small child and sent back to that country as an adult with little notice, no preparation and no one to really guide them on the lifestyle differences. So there you are, living in a complete strange world, limited or no friends/family, no job, no home, no money, no programs/resources to help you with this transition. What would you do? Who would you turn to?
Ever been to Jamaica and see someone begging on the street or sleeping on the street or see a “mad” man just walking around and when asked who they are? ever had the answer that’s a deportee? I have been in that situation a handful of time, but it never really phase me, but watching the movie had me thinking deeper about the situation. Sometimes it may not be their fault, sometimes it may be because of the circumstances, sometimes they may not even be “mad”. They may all have a surprising story to tell, so passing judgement should not be an option.
The immigration system is broken and changes in deportation policies need to be implemented, but at the end of the day the Developed World will continue to do what’s best for their countries, so don’t be fool by the hype; things are not always what they seem.
In conclusion, watch the movie, let me know your thoughts……..Beside the incredible cast and the amazing performances, it’s a reality that many can relate to……………. PS. It was also film in Jamaica, so icing on the cake