SYNOPSIS: “120 days” is a feature documentary examining the lives of one family of illegal immigrants, who have been living and working in the United States for twelve years. After being pulled over for a ticketless traffic stop, police discover the father, Miguel, is in the U.S. illegally. They arrest Miguel, and send him to I.N.S. detention. His fate is decided several weeks later in the North Carolina Immigration Court. In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave the country voluntarily, the judge grants Miguel “120 days” to get his affairs in order before leaving his wife and their two daughters in the U.S. to continue their education. This film documents Miguel’s last “120 days” in the United States, as he works hard, saves his money, weighs his options, but ultimately bids a long farewell to his young, tight-knit family. “120 days” records their lives through every step along the way, putting a human face on the effects of today’s controversial immigration policies.
ABOUT TED ROACH: Ted Roach is a third year MFA Film student planning to graduate in May. He arrived at AU with several years of professional filmmaking experience, but wanted to learn more about writing, directing, and editing documentaries. During his time at AU, Ted has produced short documentaries for NOAA, the National Park Service, AU’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the American News Project. Also during this time, he has won several TIVA-DC Peer Awards, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, a BEA Festival of Media Arts award, and a film he co-produced last year was a National Student Academy Award finalist and Regional winner. More information can be found at: www.TedRoach.com, and work samples at: http://vimeo.com/channels/tedroach.