"An Uncertain Future"
Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, Austin has repeatedly found itself a target of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reportedly because of its status as a sanctuary city. Directed by the Austin-based Iliana Sosa and Chelsea Hernandez, the SXSW Film Festival entry An Uncertain Future examines what it means to be an undocumented immigrant in Austin from the perspective of two expectant mothers. The short documentary focuses on undocumented immigrant Ruth Guzman Torries from Mexico, who has lived in Austin for 21 years and is married with her fourth child on the way, and Jolt Texas founder/executive director Cristina Tzintzun, whose husband Manuel is undocumented. Both live in fear of their family being torn apart before or after the birth of their child. An Uncertain Future will screen during the SXSW Film Festival at 8:30 p.m. March 9 at the Vimeo Theater, 8 p.m. March 12 at the AFS Cinema, and 7:15 p.m. March 17 at the Zach Theatre as part of the Texas Shorts Competition program.Mexican-American filmmaker Chelsea Hernandez, who has worked on the KLRU-TV documentary series Arts In Context, is currently working on a feature documentary called Building the American Dream about the contribution of undocumented workers to the Texas workforce.
Aired: March 1, 2018