Over the past decade,
thousands of Latinos seeking better possibilities have begun migrating
to Midwestern states like Kentucky, with its low-paying jobs in
the tobacco, manufacturing and horseracing industries. But as these
Latino communities have swelled, so too has
xenophobia and discrimination facing them.
Beyond the Border, with tenderness and beauty, follows the immigrant
experience with Marcelo Ayala, who leaves his family on a risky
journey to the United States. We begin to understand his decision
to leave Mexico with the insights of his brothers, who before him,
have each made the same journey.
Horacio Ayala, has been in the US for a couple of years. He yearns
to return to Mexico. Juan, the anchor of the brothers, has managed
to realize his dream of a family and stable job in the United States,
all the while missing the joy of being with his family in Mexico.
Gonzalo, the oldest, has seen his life unravel, with broken marriages,
jail time and a constant battle with alcoholism.
Beyond the Border rounds out immigration's effect on family in Marcelo's
home town of Michoacan, Mexico. Marcial and Carmen, his parents,
still toil for what little money they can earn in the depressed
economy. The sisters Lupe and Carmen, would like to immigrate to
the US, but have remained behind with their Mexican husbands. Finally,
Elena, the youngest, dreams of an education, to gain income for
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