Advances in science and technology in America depend heavily on high-skilled legal immigrants from across the globe. But our current immigration system takes an inhumane, unfair, and unwise approach toward these immigrants and their families.
ALIEN exposes the human toll of America’s dependence on high-skilled legal immigrants and how the Indian immigrant community bears the heaviest burden. The film intimately follows five Indian high-skilled immigrants and their families as they build lives and families in this country in an uphill battle toward their American Dream...
Sita Vakkalanka, Pre- med student, might have to self deport to India because of her parents' inability to get Green Cards.
It should be a win-win situation, not a lose-lose situation currently that is how it is, and it is sad that we cannot do anything about it
- Dr. Bhanu Vakkalanka (Oncologist)
Sadhak Sengupta, Cancer Scientist, is waiting for his Green Card for 17 years. He wants Congress and Senate to act on pending immigration bills.
Immigration is the first thing I think in the morning, and the last thing I think before I go to bed in the night
- Dr. Lopa Mathur (Community Clinical Psychologist)
Girish and his wife, Ketaki, migrated to Canada in the middle of the Covid pandemic in July 2020 after 18 long years of waiting for their Green Cards in the US.
We wanted to be Americans, but this Country doesn’t want us
- Girish Chavan (Entrepreneur in Canada)
People in the Green Card backlog are in indentured servitude, they cannot change jobs, they don't have rights.
- Vikram Desai ( Immigration Advocate)
The U.S. media’s focus on illegal and undocumented immigrants means that many Americans know little about legal high-skilled immigrants and the inhumane battles they face.
ALIEN seeks to spark and contribute to public discourse on this overlooked issue and contribute to meaningful policy reform.
It is no secret that America needs comprehensive immigration reform. Missing from many public debates is how high-skilled workers who are often exploited and demeaned fit into comprehensive immigration reform. Through the national release of ALIEN, we will change that.
"My hope is dying every day..."
Sunayana Dumala, Indian immigrant on a dependent visa (H-4 visa) was at risk of deportation due to her husband's murder at the hands of a white supremacist in Kansas City.
She wants to create a safe haven for all immigrants through her non-profit Forever Welcome, but her visa status in the country is thwarting her efforts...
Alien is the first feature documentary film focusing on high-skilled immigration policy made by an immigrant with first-hand personal experience. Through a strategic approach to releasing the film and community engagement, Alien will underscore the importance of a comprehensive approach to reforming the immigration system to make it more humane, fair, and accommodating to all immigrants, including the high-skilled immigrants helping advance the fields of science and technology.
Our release will reach a broad audience and achieve our mission objectives through the following initiatives:
Alien is an American story but also a personal story. The film’s director, Vidyut Latay, and her husband, Ram, have lived in the US on a spectrum of available visas (H-4, H-1B, F-1, and O-1) and have a first-hand grasp of the complications of maneuvering through them. Through friends and family who have experienced the difficulties of navigating the immigration system, Vidyut has unique access to stories about high-skilled immigrants–their fears, worries, and aspirations. Alien candidly spotlights these little-heard stories.
As both a high-skilled legal immigrant and a documentary filmmaker, Vidyut brings fifteen years of experience, community contacts, and knowledge of the broken immigration system to this project. Fundamentally, she is a storyteller, keen to explore and share the nuances of this complex and timely subject.
High-skilled immigrants from India are silent victims of the broken immigration system
- Vidyut Latay ( Director/Producer- Alien)