I Was Born in Mexico, But…

A film by Corey Ohama

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)


USA, Social Issue Documentary/Biography, 2013
12 min, DV/Archival Footage, Color/Black & White

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO BUT… is a found footage portrait of an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. as a child. She grew up thinking she was American, only to discover as a teenager that she didn’t have papers. Now in her twenties, she is trying to reconcile her American Dream with the reality of not being able to legally drive, work, or reside here. The story is told using only her voice, while the visuals are drawn from the collective images of American culture: educational films, commercials and newsreels that reflect on a nation and its values.

Regional Premiere


Print Source: Corey Ohama, corey@coreyohama.com