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2009 | Color | 59 min

Every day, thousands of poor, young indigenous Mexicans abandon their homes in communities throughout the country. Whole villages are left empty except for the elderly and the very young, as these migrants leave their families and their culture to journey to the First World in search of jobs and a brighter future or just any economic future at all.

Country: México, Estados Unidos
Direction: Cruz; Yolanda
Production: Cruz; Carlos Ignacio, Cruz; Yolanda
Photography: Simmons; John, Asc;
Music: Chang; Garron, Downs; Lila, Estrada; Gloria, Noesis, Serbulo; Juan Carlos, La Santa Cecilia;
Participation year at FICM: 2011

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