Nora Sandigo became the mother to thousands by chance. She was in her office late one night when two children showed up at her door. Their mother was being deported, leaving their future in question. An immigration activist, Nora knew they had limited options. She acted quickly, becoming the legal guardian of the US-born children, preventing them from becoming “immigration orphans’’—kids trapped in the foster care system legally barred from reuniting with their deported parents. Word of her act grew and six years later, Nora is responsible for nearly 1,000 children.
She’s found homes for them, attends parent-teacher conferences on their behalf, delivers food and supplies to the neediest children and does anything else a legal guardian might do.
Through embedding with Sandigo during her day-to-day life, THE GREAT MOTHER will provide a deeply personal look at the immigration issue dividing the country and give viewers a first-hand look at the emotional complexities and consequences of deportation.