I'M LEAVING NOW
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A film by Lindsey Cordero, Armando Croda
2017 / USA / 94 min
English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 / NR
The film follows Felipe, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, who has reached a crossroads: after 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and sending the bulk of his earnings to his wife and children in Mexico, he's decided to return home to the family he hasn't seen in almost two decades. But when he informs them of his plans, he discovers that they've squandered the money, are deeply in debt and donít want him to return. They need him to stay in the U.S. and continue to earn.
Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklynís immigrant community, Iím Leaving Now is a searing and intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. The film brings a warm humanity to one of the most pressing political issues of our time, without sentimentalizing or trivializing its subject. In allowing the rhythms, emotions and sounds of Felipeís day-to-day life to drive the story, Cordero and Croda open an impressionistic, cinematic window onto a life that might otherwise remain unseen.
Q&A with Directors Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda (24 min)
"Poignant... An unvarnished look at the life of a man supporting the family he left behind in Mexico."
- The New York Times