120 DAYS: Undocumented In AmericaHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Family man Miguel Cortes could be forced to leave the United States in 4 months due to his undocumented status. After living in the country for over a decade he was caught driving without a license. His wife and 2 daughters are also in the country illegally but weren’t detained. Local police initiate Miguel’s deportation processing and the clock begins ticking. In exchange for Miguel paying a $5000 bond, and promising never to return illegally again, an immigration judge grants him 120 days to get his affairs in order before reporting back to the U. S. Consulate in Mexico. So Miguel has 120 days to work hard, save money, and weigh his options about returning to Mexico alone, or risk changing his name and disappearing back into another American city illegally to keep his family together. Our cameras joined the Cortes family from the 1st day in court through Miguel's last official day in the US, revealing a hidden side of an undocumented society that few Americans ever get to see.
This film shows the real world impact of US Immigration policies as it follows an extraordinary family's struggles with the possible deportation of the father. It will make you question your perceptions of this enormous issue. It is very well done.
Timely, important, wrenching story of this brave family. Weren't we once proud to begin the sentence ' Only in America.....'
A very intimate, powerful documentary, and a unique perspective on the immigration debate. This film definitely challenges the stereotypes of undocumented immigrants by taking the audience into a world that is generally hidden from most American citizens, even though they work and live among our own communities. Such a moving story and a beautiful family, triumphant and sad all at the same time. A very fascinating and engaging film.