The State of Arizona chronicles the state’s most turbulent year in recent memory, 2010, which saw the passage of strict immigration legislation and a tragic shooting.
The State of Arizona focuses on the controversial "papers please" law, SB1070. The feature-length, verité documentary interweaves the volatile themes of immigration and race portrayed through a mosaic of characters and their responses to the law. The film's three-act structure is built around the turbulent arc of the law, from the Governor's signing the bill in 2010 to the Supreme Court's June 2012 pronouncement on its constitutionality. Through the personal stories of individuals impacting and impacted by immigration policies, the film explores the social and political circumstances that gave rise to SB1070, examining the roles played by government and business, as well as the human consequences of the policy.