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Immigration documentary ‘120 Days’ to showcase at Dances with Films

Ted Roach, director/writer/director, and Brad Allgood, cinematographer/producer, for "120 Days"
Ted Roach, director/writer/director, and Brad Allgood, cinematographer/producer, for "120 Days"
Dena Burroughs

The 120 Days documentary explores the U.S. immigration debate through the eyes of one undocumented family, Miguel Cortes, his wife, and his daughters.

In it, family man Miguel Cortes faces having to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. In exchange for his agreeing to leave, and paying a $5,000 bond, the judge offers him 120 days to get his affairs in order before departing. In that time Miguel must work hard, save money, and consider further whether to return to Mexico or instead change his name and disappear back into another U.S. city.

120 Days is an observational, character-based documentary,” explains filmmaker Ted Roach. “We tell a very personal family story, but the Cortes family’s situation also presents a unique lens through which to examine the larger issues of illegal immigration. It is crucial that the public sees immigration from as many sides as possible. 120 Days offers one unique, compelling perspective from which to view this controversy: through the eyes of a man who could soon lose his family, due to both his own decisions and the U.S. government’s current immigration policies.”

120 Days will screen Saturday, June 7, at 12:30 p.m. at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd). Tickets are $13 and available online here.

More about this film here