Independent filmmaker and fourth-grade teacher Laura Simón is unabashed in her use of this documentary, her first, to demonstrate a point of view—that California’s Proposition 187, California’s new immigration policy, is turning teachers into a quasi border patrol. The hour-long documentary is unpretentious and surprising. It provides an intense debate on the issue through the opposing views of teachers, students and their pareints. The central character, Mayra, leads us through Hoover Elementary, her home and her dilemma. She may be a schoolgirl now, but faced with the deportation of her mother, where will she live and how can she learn?

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