Actors and social justice advocates of color with the help of MTV are spreading the Millenial immigrant narrative in a special way.
Teaming up with MTV’s Elect This campaign,” Beyond The Wall” tells the stories of immigration, diversity in America that often go unnoticed or untold. For Indigenous People’s Day (Oct. 10) the network posted a 10? foot x 35? foot interactive video installation in New York’s Herald Square or “a wall” showing testimonies from actors like Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black, Jane The Virgin) and Arturo Castro (Broad City). Comedian Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) and social justice advocates like Daniel Leon-Davis (Senior Creative Director at SOZE) also participated. While their stories featured glimpses of hope and pride, the backbone proved to be a calling for immigration reform, a large topic in this year’s presidential election.
“Young people are tired of politics as usual during the 2016 election and want real change on the issues they care about most,” said Ronnie Cho, Vice President of Public Affairs at MTV. “This symbolic border wall installation is a powerful way for our audience to go beyond the rhetoric, beyond the talking points and beyond the wall, towards a more meaningful conversation about issues that are at the heart of this election cycle and are core to defining who we want to be as a country.”
The installation is a one-day event, but catch the testimonies below and MTV’s Beyond The Wall page here.
Daniel Leon-Davis, Senior Creative Director at SOZE
Cristela Alonzo, Cristella
Diane Guerrero, Orange is the New Black, Jane The Virgin and author of In the Country We Love: My Family Divided