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LONG GONE BY tells the tale of Ana Alvarez, a single mother from Nicaragua living in Warsaw, Indiana with her teenage daughter, Izzy. When a routine check in leads to a deportation order, life as Ana knows it ends. The timing could not be worse as Izzy has just been accepted to Indiana University, a dream that becomes a nightmare when she discovers that because of her immigration status she will not qualify for the needed scholarships or federal aid. Faced with an impossible reality of a lifetime away from her daughter, Ana decides to risk everything in a last chance effort to leave Izzy’s tuition paid before her time runs out. An intimately unnerving portrait of a woman willing to sacrifice everything to give her daughter the chance at a life she never had.
Starring Erica Muñoz who is also the associate producer, directed by Andrew Morgan and produced by Emily Morgan.
A beautiful movie about a black American woman traveling in Mexico, slowly becomes a romantic comedy with an all-white cast. The absurd reality of chasing a dream.
The movie is thought provoking, unique, and funny. During a politically charged time where Mexicans are being demonized in this country, this was shot in Mexico and uses local Mexicans as actors. This is important to countering the negative images of Mexicans and showing them as happy, generous, real people with a universal humanity.