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Elvira| 1hr : 06mins
Director: Javier Solorzano Casarin | Producer: Daniel Gruener
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Mexico
Subject Tags: americas, crime, human rights, mexico, migration, politics, race
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Elvira Arellano worked without legal papers at the International Airport in Chicago. After the attacks of September 11, the government of the United States carried out a series of raids throughout all the airports in the country. The purpose was to track down terrorists. Elvira and other immigrants were arrested. She was presented with an order of deportation that sought to separate Elvira from her US born son. Consequently, Elvira fought for the human rights of her son and all immigrants. To avoid her deportation, she took sanctuary in a Methodist church, thus defying the American government, and consolidating herself as a symbolic figure in the immigration conflict.

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