It’s difficult to put into words what the journey is like for a migrant trying to come to the U.S. It’s even more difficult trying to explain that to a child. Year after year, children make the trek to the U.S. — sometimes alone, sometimes with family, other times with strangers, without truly knowing the hardship that’s entailed. Coming to the North, from Mexico or Central America is one of the most complex and arduous journeys anyone can ever take. And it’s even more difficult once you cross the border.
In a new music video collaboration between Chicano Batman and Caloncho, the artists tell the story of one boy’s journey from the South to the North in hopes of finding his mother. The video titled “Hablame” (which translates to “call me”) shows what one boy will go through to reunite with his mom once again.
The video, directed by illustrator Edgar Fernandez, is such a heartbreaking yet inspirational story of a boy who sets off on a journey to find his mom in the U.S. He sets off on a semi-truck all alone, among strangers, walks for miles in the desert, all the while calling his mom and informing her where he is. But you can see that the journey for this boy begins to weigh on his soul. Once he is finally in the bizarre world of the U.S. he is taken into ICE detention, but luckily a lawyer helps him find his way back to his mom. While this story has a happy ending, so many others do not.
According to Fader, the collaboration between Chicano Batman and Caloncho includes “Hablame,” and the cover of Los Fresno’s “Corazón de Roca.”
“Proceeds from the project will benefit the KIND Organization, which provides legal assistance to migrant children crossing the US and Mexico border alone,” Fader reports.
Watch the entire video below.
Chicano Batman will soon be on tour with Vampire Weekend. Check out the tour dates below.
June 5 — Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
June 7 — Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
June 8 — Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion
June 9 — Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
June 11 — Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
June 12 — St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
June 14 — Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 15 — Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
June 16 — Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 18 — Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
June 21 — Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 22 — Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre