This collection of documentary features tackles subjects such as immigration, family histories, and the assimilation of foreigners in new lands. Through each work, the definition of “home” is examined through an unique and constantly changing prism resulting in thoughtful meditations on belonging, trans-border relations, and survival. More so than anything, these films give voice, heart, and authenticity, to the migrant narratives pejoratively misrepresented by the media.
My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Knew
Dir. Rick Tejada-Flores
(Bolivia / USA, 60 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
Rick Tejada-Flores unravels myths and realities of his family history in Bolivia; the country where his father was born. What he finds is shocking, including a history of slavery, his grandfather’s role as President during the bloodiest war in Latin American history, the never-mentioned family member who administered the land reform stripping the family of its estates, and family connections with a Nazi war criminal.
Amigos del tren
Dir. Andrea Fumagalli
(Mexico / Italy, 61 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
Marcelo, a Bolivian man living in Mexico, dedicates his life to helping migrants from Central America who are traveling North riding on freight trains. Every day he brings food and clothes to the train tracks together with Lucero, a Mexican woman, and Mia, from Bolivia. The three of them are the Amigos del Tren.
Dir. Laura Plancarte
(Mexico / United Kingdom, 78 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
The film tells in parallel the story of two Mexican brothers that want to go back to the US illegally after being deported for life, with the story of an American woman who lost her house due to the world economic crisis and today believes she can get it back through Trump’s promises. Their journeys take them on road trips to meet with their past and with relatives who they believe can help them achieve their dreams.
Un exilio: Película familiar
Dir. Juan Francisco Urrusti
(Mexico / Spain, 123 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
The wrongly-termed Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) left more than a million dead and over 500 thousand refugees, of which some 20 thousand are taken in by Mexico. Among them were the filmmaker’s grandparents, parents, aunt, and some of their friends. A tragedy of epic dimensions that turned into the eventful stories of survival and assimilation by the subjects, recalling their experiences and revealing the shared history between Mexico and Spain in the 20th century and beyond.
Dir. Patricia Shih
(USA / Colombia, 72 min., 2017, English, Documentary)
The true story of an undocumented immigrant who traveled as a 13 year-old with his 11 year-old brother through the Bermuda Triangle during hurricane season to join their parents whom they had not seen in years. Harold Fernandez’s journey took him eventually to Princeton University, where his undocumented status was revealed, endangering his entire family. He overcame much hardship, fear and huge obstacles to get where he is today — one of the top cardiac surgeons in the New York metro region.
Vietnam, Puerto Rico
Dir. Gabriel Miranda
(Puerto Rico, 102 min., 2017, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary)
As Puerto Rico falls deeper and deeper into an unprecedented crisis, this is Vietnam’s story, a community or barrio located on the coast of Guaynabo fighting an illegal expropriation at the hands of a career politician. Their experience echoes the island’s current struggles with an unparalleled migration, a notion of progress fueled by corruption, crippling economic debt, and displaced poor and middle class families, whose land is being purchased by millionaires.
General Admission – $12.00
Senior/Student/Military – $10.00
Member rate – $9.00
Tickets will be on sale beginning March 5th, 2018.
Screenings to take place at AMC Fashion Valley 18 & MACSD’s very-own Digital Gym CINEMA North Park.