Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey
Directed by Lynn Stephen.
Produced by Sonia De La Cruz, School of Journalism & Communication, and Lynn Stephen, Department of Anthropology, UO.
A Transborder Project, 2015. Creative Commons 2015.
This documentary explores the differential rights that U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents have through the story of one extended Zapotec family. Shot in Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico, and narrated by eleven-year old Cinthya, the film follows Cinthya’s trip to her parent’s home community of Teotitlán del Valle with her godmother, anthropologist Lynn Stephen. There she meets her extended family and discovers her indigenous Zapotec and Mexican roots. ... At a larger level, Cinthya’s story illuminates the desires and struggles of the millions of families divided between the U.S. and other countries where children are mobile citizens and parents cannot leave. In English, Spanish, and Zapotec with English subtitles. TRT: 39 minutes.