"It's been six years that I haven't seen my mom. I can't see her because I'm undocumented"
. This is Renata's story - one she shares with thousands of undocumented young people in the US. After growing up in America and identifying as an American, she must now decide whether to leave her home or stay apart from her parents. Though she finds the separation difficult, she refuses to be forced from home. "I felt like going back was giving up. I refuse to give up,"
she vents. "I'm so angry at what they've done to our family."
Evelyn is in the same difficult position - after growing up in the states, her mother was arrested and deported to Colombia. The repurcussions of this event have had wide ranging consequence for her family, as her sister, who is a citizen through birth, can testify: "I got married last month and I had to go through the decision of trying to figure out how to do a wedding. Because I have my sister, who cannot leave the country and I have my mother, who cannot come into the country."
After years of seperation, Evelyn and Renata finally travel miles to meet their mothers - standing on other sides of the US-Mexico border. A physical barrier between them, they can not even embrace, but it is the best opportunity they can get. "I thought I was going to be able to give you a hug,"
Evelyn's mother says through tears. "This is very humiliating."
With significant opposition towards immigration on the rise in American politics, the road to enfranchisement for migrants and their families is a long one. As this moving doc exposes, behind the politics are vulnerable people and shattered lives.
Atlanta DocuFest – Best Social Issue Documentary
Kansas International Film Festival – Jury Award Winner - Best Documentary
Arizona International Film Festival – Special Grand Jury Award - Inspirational Filmmaking
Boston International Film Festival – Best Documentary Winner
Peabody Award Nomination 2017
Carbonia Film Festival – Official Selection