The Sixth Section is a groundbreaking film that tells the true story of how immigrants in America are organizing across borders- and finding political and economic power in the places they leave behind. The film shatters expectations, and greatly broadens the discussion about the immigrant experience.

The Sixth Section is a groundbreaking documentary that follows the transnational organizing of a community of Mexican immigrants who live and work in upstate New York. The men profiled in the film form an organization called ‘Grupo Unión,’ which is devoted to raising money in the United States to rebuild the Mexican town that they’ve left behind. Through their organizing in the U.S., the immigrants become a political force in Mexico.

Grupo Unión is one of at least a thousand “hometown associations” formed by immigrants in the United States. The Sixth Section is the first documentary to capture this dynamic form of cross-border organizing. The film shows how immigrants are responding to the pressures of economic globalization, how small groups of people can make big change, and how immigrant communities are building transnational communities, even in these times of increasingly militarized borders.