Navigating the medical, governmental and business structures of the US is a routine challenge for college-educated native English speakers. Now imagine attempting the same as a recent immigrant. And now take it a step further: you’re a child in an immigrant household, but you’re the most proficient English. You have now become the family translator, with all the perils and responsibilities that come with the role.
This 20-minute film, Translators, is a deeply moving view of these fraught situations. The children and families depicted struggle to do the best they can, but the many difficulties come leaping off the screen. The film presents tough, complicated encounters, but leaves the judgments up to you. It’s well worth your time.