The struggle that a veteran of the US Army has waged for years to keep her family together after the deportation of her husband to Mexico, and the legal twists and turns that she faces, is the subject of a documentary that premieres on Monday the public channel PBS.
"Marcos Does not Live Here Anymore", by director David Sutherland, followed the life of Elizabeth Perez, a woman who served for more than 10 years in the National Guard and in the United States Marine Corps, and her husband , Marcos Pérez, an undocumented deportee in 2010 after a traffic offense in Cleveland, Ohio.
With more than 35 years of experience as a documentary maker, Sutherland, also a writer and producer, assured PBS that "his idea of making a film about immigration became a story in progress, about deportation and the devastating effects on a loving family" .
"I hope it helps, but I really hope that people think of Elizabeth and Marcos, and care about them, regardless of the policy," Sutherland said in the interview.
The film opens in the midst of the change of the highest immigration authorities in the country, which occurred last week with the idea of the Administration to stop the entry of undocumented immigrants and intensify deportations.
The filmmaker began the hundreds of hours of filming in Cleveland, where he met Elizabeth, who was trying to find hope in the laws of the immigration system that would allow her to bring the father of her children back to the United States.
However, a previous deportation and the fact of having been convicted of a minor crime at the beginning of the last decade, meant that the possibilities were reduced more and more.
Sutherland followed Elizabeth in her struggle, in participation in marches, in the search for legal help and in the endless requests to legislators to help her in her case.
The documentary maker also travels with the woman and her children in the "adventure" of living in Mexico with Marcos.
The protagonist, who describes her trip as "a forced exile" from a country for which she fought and protected, settles with her children in Mexico City and in Yucatan.
In addition to the harsh history of immigration, the director emphasizes that he was able to understand the terrible working conditions that force migrants to travel, as well as the insecurity that exists.
"It was very dangerous: we had bodyguards, and we needed them," says Sutherland.
Despite the adversity experienced by Elizabeth and Marcos, the American says she is fortunate compared to other families who experience more difficult "nightmares" because of deportation.
Sutherland pointed out that the film is not an article of promotion, that its characters are imperfect people and that the story is to be seen by all, even by those who are against undocumented immigration.
"Marcos Does not Live Here Anymore" (Marcos no longer lives here) premieres in the Frontline space of PBS, this Monday at 9.00 at night.
Frontline is the oldest television documentary film series in the US, which explores recent issues "through a powerful narrative," according to the press release from "Marcos Does not Live Here Anymore."
For his part, Sutherland describes his film technique as "cinematographic portrait", which requires a great intimacy between the filmmaker and the subject, and in turn, combines a technical virtuosity with an intense human connection with the themes of the film.
In 2013 he premiered his most recent film "Kind Hearted Woman", with which he delves into the problematic life of a young Native American mother.