One, if by Land

Experimental DOCUMENTARY 



One, if by Land is not a film that attempts to have answers to the noisy debate around immigration policies, but through grim and evocative imagery of these journeys, it raises questions as to why this impossibility should exist in the first place. It explores the politics of undocumented immigration to the global North via land, sea and air. Inspired by three stories of real voyages made from Mexico, China and Mozambique, this film looks at the impossibility of arrival, a visual commemoration of the unknown immigrant.



Duration: 14 minutes

Year: 2015

Director: Nandini Sikand

Cinematography: Andy Smith & Joel Vargas

Editor: Alexia Prichard




Immigration Film Festival, Virtual, 2022

Auntyland Film Festival, New York City, 2022

Heritage Film Festival, Prince George’s County, MD, 2021

Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, U.K, 2021

Let’s All Be Free Film Festival, London, U.K, 2015

Ethnografilm Paris, France, 2016

Show Me Justice Film Festival, Warrensburg, MO, 2016

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, CA, 2016

Woods Hole Film Festival, MA, 2016

Southside Film Festival, PA 2016

Middle Coast Film Festival, IN, 2016

Pittsburg Independent Film Festival, PA 2016

Katra Film Series, NY, 2016




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Awarded Best Documentary Short at Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York City, March 2016. (Photo credit Hua Yeh)

2011 and 2015 Richard King Mellon Research ARC Fellowship.

Best Documentary Short 

Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York City, 2016.

Honorable mention 

Annual University of Film & Video Conference, 2015.