I'm Leaving Now
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 dont 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 Brooklyns immigrant community, Im 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 Felipes day-to-day life to drive the story, Cordero and Croda open an impressionistic, cinematic window onto a life that might otherwise remain unseen.
"Cordero and Croda's doc manages to give humanity to the immigration story by allowing it to encompass complex emotions as well as economic and political realities."
- POV Magazine
"A small gem of a film."
- Unseen Films
"A touching film and full of hope."
Winner - Jury Award - DOCS[MX]
Official Selection - HotDocs 2018
Official Selection - DOC NYC
Special Jury Mention Morelia International Film Festival, 2018
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