Movie Review: NATIVE IMMIGRATION, 15min, UK, Comedy (2016)

Directed by Eric Romero

A mockumentary about a new shocking phenomenon named by the experts as ‘Native Immigration’. We will put a face to people like Manuel, Olamilekan and Chen Lee, whose life took a 180 degree turn when they discovered that…. they are immigrants.

Seen at the July 2016 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Movie Review by Kierston Drier

Native Immigration by Eric Romero is a fine example of political satire. It follows, mockumentary style, one reporter investigating the phenomena of EU natives who come to shocking realization that they are foreigners. The irony here is that they are not actually immigrants, but would be able to pass as immigrant due to their ethnicity or cultural origin.

Unapologetically poking at the ridiculousness of judging a person based on their appearance, Native Immigration is full of one-line gems like “ I thought he was my dad, but it turns out he was just another chinese guy.”

With immigration being a hot topic with the EU in regards to Brexit, this movie is crucially timed to be a hot comedy button. Also potentially controversial enough to land itself in trouble. But for the audiences in North America, the film produces laughs, chuckles and more than a few ironic moments.

The risk of the film’s premise is to be commended, and while the comedy was flat in certain areas, the piece has some truly brilliant comic moments and a hilarious tag at the end. To quote the late and great Oscar Wilde, “ If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh. Otherwise they’ll kill you.” Bravo Native Immigration.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the short film:


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