Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Drive Durham,
Rocío (Dario Guerrero, 2018, 60 mins, USA, color)
Woven from footage collected over a quarter of a century, Rocío follows an undocumented Mexican family’s struggle to stay together in the face of terminal illness and an immovable border. After Dario’s mother is suddenly diagnosed with kidney cancer, he returns from college to care for her and record the ways illness has transformed the family’s daily routines. As they begin to exhaust treatment options, the family turns to a clinic across the border that practices alternative medicine. Dario accompanies his mother to Mexico, unsure if either of them will see the United States—or their family—again. Highlighting the experiences of (re)building life in a new country and negotiating the limits of the American Dream, Rocío invites us to reframe migration narratives around familial memory and intimacy.
-Followed by a panel with Dr. Krista Perreira (UNC Gillings School of Public Health), Dr. Miguel Rojas-Sotelo (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies), and Rubi Franco-Quiroz (Apoyo).