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American Tears

George Lerner
Julie Bridgham, Patricia Benabe

On the Texas border, a civil rights activist battles to defend her immigrant community against threats from the U.S. government, even as she faces an even more personal fight -- to save her own mother from deportation.

Untitled Rio Grande Valley project documents the transformation of a Texas border community rocked by an intensifying pressure on immigrant rights, beginning in the Trump era and persisting to the present. This character-driven feature documentary follows a civil rights worker and her family, as they confront an anti-immigrant sentiment and the unprecedented militarization of the border, to fight for their civil rights, and to call on America to fulfill its promise of equal justice under the law.