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Immigration between U.S. and Mexico, 1810-2010: Mi vida dentro / My Life Inside


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About the documentary


MI VIDA DENTRO / MY LIFE INSIDE (Screened at UW-Madison on November 10, 2010)

Directors: Lucía Gajá
Production: Mexico, 2007
Length: 120 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles

“In January 2003, 21-year-old Rosa Estela Olvera Jiménez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico working as a nanny in Austin, Texas, is brought to trial for the homicide of 21-month-old Bryan Guttierez, a young boy who died under mysterious circumstances while in her care. The Prosecution is relentless in its demonization of Jiménez, a soft-spoken mother of two who was working to one day buy her mother a house and build a better life for herself in the land of opportunity. With a sweeping, lyrical focus, the film encompasses the obstacles, prejudices and Sisyphean struggles faced by many Mexican migrant workers who leave their lives behind to pursue the American dream. A powerful and heart-wrenching documentary, My Life Inside alternates between tense courtroom drama and moving personal profile, providing a cautionary tale about the experience of outsiders in the United States.” – Hotdocs.


Essential Themes:

  • The imbalance of the American Legal system towards undocumented migrants
  • The role of the Mexican Consulates in the US


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