UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a docuformat slated to explore the impact of immigration law on family life from Paris-based indie Pernel Media.
The tentatively titled Immigration: Tearing My Family Apart (pictured) is slated to chronicle four families who are forced to separate due to change in in UK immigration rulings. The hour-long film, which marks the first UK broadcast commission for Pernel, will also document the emotional impact each family experiences while struggling to become reunited and comply with the nation’s new laws.
With more than 15,000 British children separated from a parent due to current immigration rules, the film features the real-life stories of families separated between the UK and Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Africa.
Producing for a UK broadcaster comes as the French indie looks to become an international content provider. Previously, Pernel has produced a number of successful one-off and factual series for broadcasters in France and the U.S., including France 5, Cooking Channel and National Geographic Channels International.
“It seems that immigration is rarely out of the news, yet this is the rarely seen, other side of that story, following stories of people falling foul of red tape and rules when they have fallen in love overseas,” said Westcott in a statement. “Immigration is commonly thought of as a broad social issue, but this examines the sensitive emotional and personal faces of it.”