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I’m Leaving Now

Lindsey Cordero, Armando Croda

The film follows Felipe, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, who has reached a crossroads: after 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and sending the bulk of his earnings to his wife and children in Mexico, he’s decided to return home to the family he hasn’t seen in almost two decades. But when he informs them of his plans, he discovers that they’ve squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. They need him to stay in the U.S. and continue to earn.

Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklyn’s immigrant community, I’m Leaving Now is a searing and intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. The film brings a warm humanity to one of the most pressing political issues of our time, without sentimentalizing or trivializing its subject. In allowing the rhythms, emotions and sounds of Felipe’s day-to-day life to drive the story, Cordero and Croda open an impressionistic, cinematic window onto a life that might otherwise remain unseen.

“An unvarnished look at the life of a man supporting the family he left behind in Mexico…the short, poignant documentary “I’m Leaving Now” unfolds like a character study…Every jump forward [in time] is a small shock.” -Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“Entrancing, textured, evocative… a propulsive, thought-provoking meditation on life in a transitory state. -Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast

“Trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home… Does what films like this are supposed to do: bring us close, and open our eyes.” – Michael Atkinson, The Progressive

“Reaffirms the validity of the fight so that someday people won’t have to choose between feeding their children or being by their side.” -Carlos Aguilar, Remezcla

“Cordero and Croda’s doc manages to give humanity to the immigration story by allowing it to encompass complex emotions as well as economic and political realities.”
– POV Magazine

“A small gem of a film.”
– Unseen Films

“A touching film and full of hope.”
– Mexico.com

Winner – Jury Award – DOCS[MX] Official Selection – HotDocs 2018
Official Selection – DOC NYC
Special Jury Mention – Morelia International Film Festival, 2018


  • 9/26 | 9:00PM
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