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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Migrants

Fortnight 1974, Feature film, 1h15


I wanted to show with « The Migrants » how the human spirit can survive with dignity, grace and love even in the most painful and humiliating circumstances. I also wanted to dramatized the living conditions of people who spend their entire lives renting themselves as slaves, incapable to escape this existence, generation after generation.
I wanted to depict how a boy does escape the migrating workers’ cycle, thanks to his tenacity, his determination, and the support of his family – who will still have to financally endure his absence. In the end, I hope that the audience will understand that the boy only avoided a trap to better fall into another one.
Tom Gries


Tom Gries

Born in Chicago in 1922, he graduated from Georgetown University before enlisting in the Marine Corps during his tour of duty. Journalist for the Chicago Herald and American Variety, he was a magazine columnist as well as farm hand for a while. While producing and directing for the cinema, he wrote and directed several TV films.

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