Featuring Karlos, a Mexican that left his country at the age of 19 seeking change in the USA.
Filmed in November 2012 in San Diego, CA.
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Film by Tim Sessler and Autumn Kay Brookmire
Song: Gran Chaco by Lucas Zavala (Oh So Quiet)
Thanks to everybody that was helping along the way - Suzanne and Brandon especially!
TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO:
"I like when Americans have a problem,
Of any kind, like a war or something
or any kind of problem, they help each other, they work together and they just move on.
My thought about America, when I was there [in Mexico] it was….
I don't really talk about America, I just thought I knew it because of the movies and the music.
I like the music, the rock and pop and all that stuff
and the movies, but my idea about America was like, yeah it's another country, it's just another country.
I was having a hard time in Mexico and then just one night, one day I said, “Oh you know what, I'm going to move to the United States,” but I never thought it would be that difficult. I used to travel to a lot of places, but in Mexico, and I thought it was the same [here in the US].
Everything started to get difficult when I tried to cross the border to this country and then I see the language. So that is where everything started becoming a big problem.
Probably because I am illegal here, you know, I feel more like I’m in jail, you know, right here. In Mexico, if you are in Mexico you feel free, you can do whatever you want, you can go to another state, you can go, oh, I don't know...just wherever comes to mind.
Because they put the walls – not only in Mexico but you know the rest of the world, they say, oh you know, “United States look what they are doing with their neighbors.” And I think people who want to cross the border are going to do it. Even jumping the wall, or going under the wall or just walking around the wall, so I don't think it is working."