See Lin-Manuel Miranda's Music Video About the Immigrant Experience

Broadway Superstar Teams With 'Machete' and 'Sin City' Director on Clip for Track off His 'Hamiton Mixtape' Album

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on Jun 28, 2017

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"Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and action film auteur Robert Rodriguez teamed up on this thought-provoking music video about the American immigrant experience, directed by Tomas Whitmore of Diktator.

The powerful clip, for the track "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" off "The Hamilton Mixtape" album, highlights the oft-overlooked contributions of U.S. immigrants. It depicts, one by one, individuals singing and rapping about about being the invisible, unacknowledged pillars fueling the country, as they boldly march through various tableaux -- a sweatshop, a butchery, a hospital, a kitchen, a subway car.

"We're America's ghostwriters -- the credit's only borrowed," declares Mexican-American hip hop artist Snow Tha Product, in one of the tune's most cogent lyrics.

Nearly halfway through, the singing stops and a piercing noise creates a dramatic pause before the next act. Riz MC aka Riz Ahmed ("The Night Of," "Star Wars: Rogue One") takes over a subway car, ripping a black bar that masks his face as we see scenes of families and young children in trucks, their homes and workplace under the threat of discovery by ICE-like security.

Other performers featured include K'naan, Residente of Calle 13 and Tony-winning "Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs. Each wrote their own verses capturing their personal thoughts on immigration. Miranda and Rodriguez served as exec producers on the film.

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Jun 28, 2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tomás Whitmore
Production Company:
Kimberly Stuckwisch
Melora Donoghue
Executive Producer:
Lin Manuel Miranda
Executive Producer:
Robert Rodriguez
Executive Producer:
Kimberly Stuckwisch
Executive Producer:
Ian Blair
Senior Vice President, Music Video Production:
Phil Botti
Director, A&R:
Riggs Morales
Music Producer:
Jeffrey "Trooko" Penalva
Director, Photography:
Drew Bienemann
Production Designer:
Spencer Graves
Tomás Whitmore
Alexander Aquino
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