El Migrante

Chula Vista, California | Film Short

Drama, Foreign Film

Jean Guerrero

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A short film about a young boy who is forced to migrate out of the Mexican countryside into the city due to falling crop prices and rising violence.

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The Story

I have been reporting from Latin America since 2010. That year, I moved to Mexico City to cover the rural sector in Mexico, Central America and the Andean region. I witnessed the enormous changes taking place in the campo, or countryside. A coffee farmer in the Mexican state of Guerrero once put it succinctly:

“The culture of the campo is dying with us.”

He was referring to his generation.

Less than 50 years ago, Mexico was defined by its rural population. Most people lived in the countryside. Today, the opposite is true: 80% of Mexicans live in cities. Urbanization continues to rise. Farms lay abandoned across the nation. Meanwhile, foreign companies consume the commodities resources left behind.

I wanted to make a film showing a very specific reality in Mexico. I wanted it to be a story to which anyone can relate. So I chose to anchor it in universal themes of love and nostalgia.


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About This Team

  • The producer, Jean Guerrero, is an award-winning multimedia reporter whose work has appeared on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, the Seattle Times and the Las Vegas Sun. She currently covers immigration and other cross-border issues for KPBS in San Diego (TV, radio, and online). Previously, she was a foreign correspondent in Mexico City for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, where she filmed the bureau's first interview with President Enrique Peña Nieto.
  • The director, Leo Carrion, is a critically-acclaimed Argentine actor and theatre director. He was mentored by the musical comedy maestro Richy Pashkus in Mendoza. He has directed and/or starred in several plays in both Argentina and Mexico. He is a licensed acting professor and has dictated workshops internationally. Prior to the production of the film, he gave the actors chosen for the film free intensive training in the art of performance and expression. 


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