Y Volver is a film short that documents the hours leading up to my father's return to his country, Chile.
After almost 20 years of being undocumented and not being able to go back and see his family, he took his his first trip home on September 12, 2013.
Credits: Rommy Torrico (filming and editing)
Music: Room With A View by Jahzzar
My family arrived in the United States on July 16, 1994. My parents came with the hopes of finding more opportunities for their young daughters and for themselves. My father's goal was to continue practicing as a CPA as he had done in Chile and my mother hoped to find more opportunities to utilize her business degree. We came with dreams; with a vision of what we would do and what our lives could be like. But things here were very different than we had expected. Our undocumented status created a world full of limitations and uncertainty. Yet, over the years we've realized our own strength to overcome the obstacles in our path and we've come to know just how powerful we are as individuals and as a family. And although for the better part of these past 19 years we have been undocumented, we recognize that we've been very privileged in comparison to others in the same situation. In an attempt to honor my father’s sacrifice and those fathers like mine, whose only desires are to protect and support their families, I have created a short film of the 24 hours leading up to his big trip to Chile.
Currently, I am the only member of my family that is still undocumented. My sister is now a naturalized citizen, my father a legal permanent resident and my mother is in the process of adjusting her status to legal permanent resident. Being part of a mixed-status family, we realize that the fight doesn't stop with a change in status. There is a system in place that is criminalizing our communities, detaining and deporting our families and disenfranchising black and brown youth.
I humbly submit this request to you to please watch this video, which demonstrates a small vignette of our lives and that of my parents. We acknowledge our privilege in this new world of mixed statuses and “documentation”; and this is why I want to continue fighting: because our reality shouldn’t revolve around pieces of paper. As long as my sister and I have the privilege to, we will continue in the struggle porque nuestros papás nos enseñaron a luchar.