The documentary, The People Who Stare at Goats, explores the ways in which Americans can be caught up in the xenophobic and xenophobic backlash of the Trump era.
In the film, an immigrant and refugee man, who uses a pseudonym, explains how he became a Trump supporter, and how he began to notice that “everybody I knew” was turning against him.
The man, whose name is Daniel, has been living in the US since his parents emigrated from Cuba in the 1980s.
When the documentary was released last week, his face was widely shared across social media, sparking an outpouring of support for him and his family.
In a short clip from the documentary, Daniel speaks of how he felt when he heard President Trump talk about the country being “totally fucked up,” and how it made him feel like “someone was watching us.”
“I was like, ‘I am not being listened to.'”
After he made the film he decided to speak out.
He told The Daily Beast that his family, including his sister, “is not afraid of Trump,” and that he feels he has a duty to speak up.
“I think he has made me a scapegoat for the country’s problems, and that’s not okay,” Daniel said.
“My family is not scared of me, I have never said anything negative to Trump.
And I don’t want to be a scapegoator.”
The documentary also explores the history of xenophobia and racism in the United States, and reveals how Americans have been conditioned to view immigrants as criminals, and have become used to treating them with suspicion.
In his video, Daniel explains how people can be taken advantage of for money and for social services, and then when they leave the country they are “treated as second-class citizens,” and can even be denied citizenship, despite being citizens.
“It’s the same thing we’ve been taught in school,” Daniel explained.
“If you’re white, you can get away with it.”
The man’s sister, who is also a citizen, also told The Atlantic that she has been treated differently, and said that she feels she has not had enough support from her family and community.
“What I’m trying to do is make sure my sister’s voice doesn’t get drowned out,” said the woman, who goes by the name “Maria.”
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a political party, if it is a religious organization or whatever.
We need to be able to tell the truth, and not just feel scared.”
Daniel and Maria have had to fight back against the attacks.
“The first time I came to the US was during the Vietnam War,” Daniel added.
“When they came out of the camps and we got to meet the families, it was a very different feeling.”
Daniel explained that the first time he saw a photo of himself and his sister was in the documentary.
“That was my first time seeing the face of someone who was different,” Daniel recalled.
“We were the only ones there, so we were the ones that people were judging.”
The video, which has received over a million views since it was uploaded to YouTube, follows the family as they deal with the backlash, and the difficulties that they have faced trying to reconcile their new life in the States.
“At first, we were very nervous,” Daniel’s sister explained.
After a few months of living in New York City, they moved to L.A. and then moved to a new apartment complex in West Hollywood.
“You see all these people, and you don’t know who you are,” Daniel recounted.
“Everybody has their own personal agenda.
You don’t really know what’s going on.”
“We have a little bit of a culture shock because everyone is like, you don, you are not American.”
The family moved to the suburbs of Los Angeles, where they found work and met a number of other immigrants, who have become their closest friends.
“They’re all like, we are Americans,” Daniel told The Verge.
“This is what a real American looks like.”
The community of people who look like Daniel, and who share similar values and experiences, have helped the family understand their place in the country, and Daniel has noticed a “huge” change in his community.
“People don’t hate you, but they don’t think you’re American,” he explained.
Daniel and his sisters are proud of their new surroundings, but have noticed a change in the way people view them.
“Everyone is different,” he said.
The documentary follows the immigrant family and their neighbors as they navigate life in Los Angeles and the suburbs, and their interactions with the police, immigration authorities, and even some of their own neighbors.
In one clip, a neighbor asks Daniel and the sisters to leave a neighborhood where they live.
“No,” Daniel tells her, “this is a community.”
Daniel has also noticed a rise in the number of “anti-immigrant”