Darlin is an Excoriating Look at Families Separated by Immigration Authorities

It’s a tough watch — but that’s what makes it so important. Darlin, from the New York Times, takes a fierce look at the horrors so many of us have heard about.

Isabel Castro was in the parking lot of a detention center in Texas last year. What she saw — and who she met — formed this incredible documentary.

“When the detainees were finally released, family members sprinted to each other to embrace. Kids were crying,” she explained.

“And finally, I saw Darlin, the subject of the short film [below]. She wandered around clutching a folder of paperwork, looking tired and confused. She didn’t have any family there to meet her; her partner, Jefry, and son, Hamilthon, were still in government custody. During the drive to Houston, we made small talk about her nearly two-month stay in detention after arriving from Honduras. When we stopped to eat dinner, she hardly touched her food.”

That was only the beginning of their journey — through the experience, Castro came to learn the slow and painful legal battles to be reunited. You can see the story here:

Darlin from The New York Times on Vimeo.

For so many of us, it’s unthinkable — but this is the reality for many families separated at detention centers, the ones who even have a hope and a chance to be reunited. For others, the situation is even more dire, which is why we have to bear witness.