Emmy nominated The State of Arizona captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. From ground zero of the nation’s immigration debate, the film follows Arizona’s controversial “show me your papers” law through the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue — from those who wrote it, to those who supported it, to those who dreaded its wrath.
Frustrated with federal inaction and rising border tensions, Arizona lawmakers ignite a national maelstrom by introducing SB 1070. The tough law is designed to make life so harsh for unauthorized immigrants that they will “self-deport.” Supporters call SB 1070 a common sense law enforcement tool; opponents see it as a dangerous infringement of civil rights that would inevitably lead to harassment and racial profiling. The State of Arizona follows the battle over the law as it spills out to the streets, into the ballot box and goes all the way to the Supreme Court.
By the makers of the award-winning Farmingville, The State of Arizona captures the latest chapter in the American experience in which Arizona’s clash over immigration galvanizes Latinos across the country to change the nation’s political landscape.
Produced and Directed by Carlos Sandoval & Catherine Tambini
Edited by Mona Davis and Mary Angelica Molina
Associate Producer Michael Jordi Valdés
Co-Directed with Mary Angelica Molina
Cinematography by Catherine Tambini
Original Music by Kevin Kiner
Executive Producer for ITVS Sally Jo Fifer
Executive Producer for LPB Sandie Pedlow
Series Producer for Independent Lens Lois Vossen
The State of Arizona is a co-production of Camino Bluff Productions, Inc., CatTails, LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
Funding for The State of Arizona provided by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund at New York Community Trust, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, Cinereach, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (Andy Warhol Foundation, Ford Foundation and Southwest Airlines) and our generous individual donors.