Zoe Saldaña takes on immigration misconceptions with her new film ‘The Absence of Eden’. During the 69th Taormina Film Festival in Italy, Saldaña discussed her upcoming movie and its focus on immigration. The film, directed by her husband Marco Perego, tackles the complex issue of immigration and challenges the one-sided narratives often portrayed in the media.
In “The Absence of Eden,” Saldaña plays the role of an undocumented immigrant on the U.S. southern border. The story revolves around the moral dilemmas faced by an agent from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who teams up with an undocumented woman to save an innocent girl’s life.
Saldaña emphasizes that immigration is a multi-layered and human issue, not a simple right or wrong matter. She believes that invisible boundaries create divisions and judgments within society, particularly affecting the Latino community. Saldaña, a proud Afro-Caribbean Latina, points out that Latinos contribute significantly to the American economy, yet face harsher judgment and negative media portrayal.
The actress highlights her personal connection to the immigration conversation, as her grandmother immigrated to the U.S. for political reasons after the assassination of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Saldaña expresses her concern for the negative narrative surrounding the Latino community, despite their achievements in various economic sectors, military service, homeownership, entrepreneurship, and education.
In “The Absence of Eden,” Saldaña collaborates with actors Adria Arjona and Garrett Hedlund, along with a talented ensemble cast. The film serves as both an art project and a platform to address political themes that inevitably arise from the immigration topic.
Saldaña aims to challenge misconceptions, spark dialogue, and encourage a more nuanced understanding of immigration through her work. By shedding light on the complexities of the issue and portraying diverse perspectives, she hopes to contribute to a more inclusive and empathetic society.
“The Absence of Eden” presents an opportunity to explore the human stories behind immigration and move beyond the negative stereotypes often associated with it. Saldaña’s dedication to breaking down barriers and promoting a more balanced portrayal of the Latino community shines through in her commitment to this project.