STABLE LIFE

By Sara MACPHERSON

SQUARE MANGO FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

A high-stakes documentary about family, immigration and life on the racetrack.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 54 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sara MACPHERSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Sara MACPHRSON (equipoise films), Tricia CREASON-VALENCIA (Flaca Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Dionicia M. is an undocumented immigrant who lives at the stables of a northern California racetrack and spends long days tending thoroughbred racehorses. Despite her humble surroundings, Dionicia is optimistic about her prospects: she likes her job, her four young sons are in school and her oldest son José Luis has begun a promising career as a jockey in California.
      At the racetrack, gamblers make long-shot bets in the hopes of winning big. This high-risk, high-intensity environment mirrors the situation faced by many undocumented immigrants in America: with no possibility of getting legal work visas, these immigrants gamble on improving their lives by working and living clandestinely.
      Indeed, Dionicia’s gamble soon appears lost. The racetrack where she works and lives closes down, and her jockey son José Luis is picked up at an immigration checkpoint and deported. Undeterred, Dionicia will double down her on her bet in a surprising way. Will she achieve the stable life of her dreams, or will her luck run out?
    • Beginning of shooting
    • May 01, 2008
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