Most American television viewers know about PBS (the Public Broadcasting Service) the broadcaster and television program distributor that has worked for years to provide educational television programming to people’s homes. Kids of the 90s and early 00s will easily remember shows like “Arthur,” “Sesame Street” and “The Magic School Bus” all of which worked to help grant children a better understanding of their environments, communities, and the importance of diversity.
In their latest effort to educate audiences about today’s social issues, the network has tapped a Latina director to educate young viewers about immigration.
“Caracol Cruzando” is an animated film that tells a family’s immigration story through an 8-year-old girl’s point of view.
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The timely animated short was written and directed by Pamela Maria Chavez and presented by Latino Public Broadcasting. The story follows the life of Caracol and her father as they separate from her mother and brother and cross the Mexican/ U.S. border. When Caracol attempts to sneak her pet turtle into the U.S., she and her father run into trouble that threatens to permanently tear her family apart.
It made its debut on the broadcaster’s Online Film Festival, which has been running from July 16th and will end on the 27th.
Pamela Maria Chavez is a Costa Rican illustrator whose latest project was inspired by the current issues that have impacted communities of color.
In an interview with Variety the director of the short film explained how the show is meant to shed light on the struggles that so many families across the globe are facing.
“This film offers a unique and moving perspective of the immigration experience, one that could not be presented at a better time given recent events targeting the separation of children and parents at the border,” Chavez told the site.
To support Chavez’s latest project, be sure to watch the film on the Online PBS Film Festival between July 16-27th online. You can also see it on Latino Public Broadcasting online.you can also watch the film in full below: