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Directed by Marco Williams

United States, Mexico 2013 88 mins. In English, Spanish

THE UNDOCUMENTED tells the story of Marcos Hernandez, an undocumented Mexican living and working in Chicago. Marcos came to the United States by crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona. Each month he sends money to his mother in Mexico City for medicine for his brother Gustavo, who is in need of a kidney transplant. But Marcos had an even more pressing reason for coming to the United States. He came to search for his father, Francisco, who disappeared in the desert trying to enter the United States. Chronicled over the course of Arizona’s deadly summer months, the film weaves Marcos’s search for his father with the efforts of humanitarians and border patrol agents who try to prevent migrant deaths.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.