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120 Days Screening and Q&A

2015 Human Rights Film Series

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Room 602, American University Washington School of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

120 Days captures an intimate, inside look at the lives of one family of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the United States illegally for over twelve years. 

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The father, Miguel Cortes, could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status.  Local police discovered Miguel was in the U.S. illegally after pulling him over without cause (no moving violations were discussed or issued).  They hand-cuffed Miguel for driving without a license, and detained him for ICE deportation processing through the controversial 287(g) agreement, which allows local police to act as immigration enforcers. 

After paying a $5000 bond, he was released until his pending court date and sentencing, and his fate was decided several weeks later in the North Carolina Immigration Court in Charlotte.  In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave the country voluntarily, the judge granted Miguel “120 days” to get his affairs in order before leaving his wife, Maria-Luisa, and their two daughters, Yael and Saydrel, in the U.S. to continue their education.  If he follows the agreement, no official deportation will be recorded against him, thus allowing him the possibility of returning legally someday (if he gets his papers, or if U.S. policy changes). 

This film documents Miguel’s last official “120 days” in the United States, as he works hard, saves his money, and weighs his options about returning to Mexico alone, or changing his name and disappearing into another U.S. city illegally to keep his family together.

Dir. Ted Roach

120 Days is the second film in this year's Human Rights Film Series, the Center's flagship film event that showcases the year's predominant human rights documentaries throughout the month of October.

Watch the trailer below, check out the Human Rights Film Series page, and visit the 120 Days website for more information. 

FREE and open to the public

American University is committed to providing accessible programs and services.

For accommodations, contact dss@american.edu.