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Elena and Mateo are first generation immigrants from Latin America. Choosing to come to Canada to make a better future for their family, they take the risks that migrants face everyday. During the celebration of their youngest child’s birthday, the family is startled by the arrival of two immigration officers at their door--a situation that could change their life forever. Immigration is an issue across the world and this short drama illustrates an immigrant’s worst fear that can arise at any unexpected moment.

For this film, Andrea (Andy) Alvarez received the 2019 Lindalee Tracey Award, Hot Docs Film Festival. Established to honour the late writer and filmmaker Lindalee Tracey (1957-2006), the award is given annually to an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour.

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