Immigration policy has preoccupied the national consciousness since 2016, when Donald Trump was elected on the promise to build a wall. The dilemma posed to the producers of Netflix’s Living Undocumented, then, was how to make a compelling, critical show about a story America’s been watching unfold for years. What’s left to say?
For co-director and executive producer Aaron Saidman (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Free Meek), the answer lied in one man’s story. A colleague showed Saidman and his producing partner footage of a chef who’d been living and working in the United States for 20 years. He was on the way to a culinary event in Los Angeles when ICE suddenly detained him.
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