A 3 Minute Hug: The Movie: My Review

How long of a hug would you give a loved one you’ve not seen in years? What if you were given three minutes?

Time is fleeting, but when it’s three Minutes to hug a family member you’d take that chance in a heartbeat irrespective of the trauma of separation after “Time’s Up.”

If time weren’t fleeting enough three minutes seems a form of cruel and unusual punishment. A sense of too good to be true for those separated from family. They’ll take what they can get, but the minutes come and go like that and all you are left with is an overwhelming feeling of emptiness, loss and despair.

This story is the documented account of a day in May of 2018 when loved ones between the border of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico were allowed under supervision to meet, greet, hug and hold loved ones for A 3 Minute Hug.

This gripping documentary gives you the human side of the border wall that separates us and the human side of refugees or people who have been detained or held across border lines against their will.

Prevented from crossing, kept from their loved ones and an inevitable barrier that forces them to lead separate lives.

It’s gut wrenching in ways that only the very heartless could not feel. It’s inhumane, but it’s what is happening. The wall is a notion of division, not love and unity.

We live in a hurting world.

The crisis at this border and borders across the world are a human issue. How do we help those who live in fear of people who are different in some way to better understand that our differences should not keep us from loving one another?

On the other side of discrimination and hatred is a masked something else. It is fear that keeps people separated and divisions persisting.

Our differences should never hinder us from showing up powerfully for others and helping those in need.

Everyone deserves to live a happy, peaceful and prosperous life.

Empathy is essential in understanding the plight of others.

Many of these people who find themselves as refugees, migrants or those who are forced to flee and are not looking to invade, but looking for safety and security. Something each and every human being on this earth is entitled to.

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Sue Dhillon is an Indian American writer, journalist, and trainer.