Feedback to 30 Days of Immigration
Apparently, Frank Jorge wasn't too pleased with the way producers edited the episode of 30 Days in which he lived a family of immigrants for a month. He posted this letter to an anti-illegal immigration website. I can't vouch for the authenticity of this letter, but if it is true, then we should certainly have a discussion about the value/ethics/freedom to tell stories. I was struck-- not only with the immigration episode but also with the jail episode-- by the painfully unresolved ending. Frank doesn't really change his stance, and Travis and George, two sympathetic inmates, apparently haven't made it out of the cycle of incarceration. Does that make the positive messages of these episodes less resonant?
I actually really like this aspect of the series. Despite emphasizing the potential for personal transformation, the show doesn't try to deliver perfect results. And for me, that starts a great discussion and proposes a slate of really tough questions (not only about prison reform and the political discouse surrounding immigration, but also about how to tell a good story).