Narrative Essay: A 3 Minute Hug
Write a narrative essay after watching “3 Minute Hug” on Netflix.
Review What is a Narrative Essay and take note of the example essay.
Watch the trailer for “3 Minute Hug.”
Blue Shirts: USA
White Shirts: Mexico
Red Shirts: Volunteers
Think about what the people in the video may have experienced by using the five senses: touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste.
Try to relate to what they may have felt in the moment or the days leading up to the “hug” encounter.
Watch the video on Netflix.
Pretend that you are directly one of the individuals in the video.
Write a narrative essay from his/her perspective using the First Person Point of View.
It must consist of a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Must have 3 elements of a narrative essay.
Questions to Consider
What happened before and after the 3 Minute Hug?
Why did you get separated, deported or denied asylum?
What does your future look like?
Use context from the video.
Use the five senses to describe your experience.
Touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste
Use the Writing Process to begin your essay.
Create a general outline of your narrative story. (You do not need to follow the 5 paragraph format.)
Length: 3 – 5 pages double spaced
A 3 Minute Hug, documents the brief reunification of families separated by the U.S. and Mexican border.
Hugs not Walls is an annual event that brings together families from the United States and Mexico that have not seen each other in many years due to the broken immigration system.
Participants are reunited for five minutes down in the Rio Grand, where they finally have the opportunity to embrace their nephews, grand children, brothers, parents, husbands, and other loved ones.
#HugsnotWalls is full of compassion, love, and values, and it shows the world what America is really about. It is a powerful protest against racism, xenophobia and discrimination as well as a call to fix the broken immigration system.
“On May 12, 2018, the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was opened temporarily for a breathlessly awaited reunion. On a barren embankment along the Rio Bravo, family members who had been denied asylum, deported, or separated for more than 10 years were allowed to meet at the border for a precious few minutes,” Netflix said of the documentary. “Organized by the Border Network for Human Rights, the Hugs Not Walls reunification event gave over 300 separated families the opportunity to connect — to embrace, kiss, and lovingly admonish each other as only families can.”
Stories of Reunification
“My daughter’s name is Gabriela, she is 5 years old and she was a year old when she saw her daddy for the last time. Even though they talk by phone, thanks to this event, she was able to meet him in person and hug him; she hadn’t remembered the last time that happened. The situation was always very difficult for her because her older sisters were able to go visit their dad and she was always asking, why can’t I?” – Laura Murillo, Gabriela’s mother.
“I hadn’t seen my daughter in seven years, so I was really happy and excited to see her, but my heart is still missing two pieces because I have another daughter in Washington and one more in Colorado. I can’t see them because I can’t travel, but yesterday was a very special and happy day and I am very grateful for all of you and with God for making this possible. I will be eternally grateful.” – Policarpio Duran.
“I had not seen my parents in 22 years and thanks to Hugs Not Walls, I was able to do it. I really can’t find the right words to express how grateful I am for this… it was very exciting, thank you very much.” – Ofelia Arcos.