Documentary subversions and migrant agency: Towards an alternative audio-visual portrait of immigrant communities in the United States Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2020

start page

  • 197

end page

  • 209


  • 2


  • 12

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1757-1898


  • The movement of people across different countries has been a constant in the history of human civilization. This has been attested to by the so-called 'mobility turn' in the social sciences. One of the most important recent instances of such a movement has been the mass migration of diverse communities to the United States. This migratory transit has been portrayed in numerous ways in different media. Among these, documentary films have played a crucial role in their approach to these migrant flows. In both, traditional forms and new web platforms, we find multiple examples of non-fiction that focus on portraying these communities. This article focuses on one of these platforms: Immigrant Nation Media. By highlighting the resistance practices the platform offers, this analysis focuses on its collaborative and educational dimensions, as well as its dedication to migrant empowerment.


  • decolonial; digital communication; empowerment; i-doc; media literacy; migrant agency