“LIMBO”: A Story from the Hearts and Mouths of the Undocumented
Eliot Rausch has created a fantastic new 19 minute film for the Vimeo Festival + Awards called “LIMBO”. The short film is a powerful example of empowering the marginalized to tell their own story. Instead of writing the script himself, Rausch taught the students how to use handheld cameras and gave them the ability to tell their own story.
Rausch said he didn’t make LIMBO as a political statement about the hot-button issue of immigration.
“It was more about giving the voiceless a voice,” he said. While he ceded control of the narrative to the students, Rausch still assigns his own meaning to the final cut. “It’s ultimately a social experiment,” he said.
Rausch said he hopes “Limbo” can represent a new, unfiltered form of cinematic storytelling.
“We’re at a point in time now where myself, documentarians and filmmakers should start finding ways to actually empower the story to tell itself rather than putting our own spin on it,” he said. “So let’s find ways to purify, simplify and get to the core of the experience rather than waiting for the perfect production or perfect way to articulate it.”
“I know for a moment in time, [these] three teens felt valued,” he said. “Their voices were heard and I can sleep OK tonight.”
Please take time today to watch this short film, “LIMBO“:
It is so important to learn the story of these students, especially on a day when more than 100 Evangelical leaders have signed a statement on Evangelical principles for immigration reform. (See “Focus on the Family president comes out in favor of immigration reform“) God is moving and helping the church to wake up to the need for change in America’s immigration policies.
In Destino we seek to be a place that advocates for the marginalized. The first place to start is to hear their stories and be changed by them. May we be people compelled by the Spirit to advocate for the marginalized.
“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” — Proverbs 31:8-9