The Mejia family

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Sin País (Without Country) attempts to get beyond the partisan politics and mainstream media’s ‘talking point’ approach to immigration issues by exploring one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation.

 

In 1992, Sam and Elida Mejia left Guatemala during a violent civil war and brought their one-year old son, Gilbert, to California. The Mejia’s settled in the Bay Area, and for the past 17 years they have worked multiple jobs to support their family, paid their taxes, and saved enough to buy a home. They had two more children, Helen and Dulce, who are both U.S. citizens. Two years ago, immigration agents stormed the Mejia’s house looking for someone who didn’t live there. Sam, Elida, and Gilbert were all undocumented and became deeply entangled in the U.S. immigration system.

 

Sin País begins two weeks before Sam and Elida’s scheduled deportation date. After a passionate fight to keep the family together, Sam and Elida are deported and take Dulce with them back to Guatemala.

 

With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País explores the complexities of the Mejia’s new reality of a separated family–parents without their children, and children without their parents.

Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Theo Rigby

 

Sound
Carolina Kondo, Theo Rigby

 

Translation/Transcription
Daisy Rodriguez, Carolina Kondo

 

Technical Advisors
Mark Urbanek, Christian Gainsley

 

Original Music
Dan Wool

 

Sound Mixer
Dan Olmsted

 

Color Correction
Brooke Hinton

 

Total Running Time: 19:35
Format: 16:9 HD

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