Drama - Completed 2018

A young, Mexican-American woman from Southern California fights for the American Dream by taking on a much greater role for her family in the face of her parents' deportation.

& Awards

IMDB Independent Shorts Award 2018
Official Selection
Impact DOCS Award 2018
Best Documentary Short (Student)
IndieFEST Film Award 2018
Documentary Short (Student)
IndieFEST Film Award 2018
Latin / Hispanic (Student)
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Market Selection
Greenwich International Film Festival 2019
Official Selection
Oaxaca FilmFest 2019
New Industry Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 12 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Erin RAMIREZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Jillian LITTLETON, Erin RAMIREZ, Eliana VELASCO, Mona XIA
    • Synopsis
    • What would you do if you were torn away from your children? If the only way to touch your daughter, was to reach your fingers through a metal fence? And as a child, how would you react if you were told your mother and father would no longer be able to raise you, no longer be able to guide you daily as you grew into an adolescent, and that you would now become the acting guardian in your household at just seventeen years old?

      The Guerra family knows the answers to these questions all too well.

      “La Guerra” tells the story of Angelica Guerra, a young Mexican-American woman from Southern California who has taken on a much greater role for her family upon her parents’ deportation to Mexico. Growing up in a mixed-status family, the 19-year-old had to stand by and watch both of her parents leave the United States without any hope of returning to unite the family. Angelica actively chooses to persevere through the adversity by continuing to study, work, and take care of her siblings in order “to keep the American Dream alive”.

      As debates about the controversial topic of immigration inundate the media, the story of the Guerra family aims to humanize the ongoing struggle that immigrant families face as they attempt to make the most of the cards they are dealt.