Documentary on immigrantion's impact

As part of a multi-city tour, the documentary 'Los Que Se Quedan' (Those Who Remain), which portrays the life and hard conditions rural families in México face when the head of the family emigrates to work in the United States, was screened last week in Sacramento.

The screening at the Crest Theatre included a discussion by one of the documentary's directors about what it meant to make the film, and the reaction he hopes to get from the 1½-hour documentary.

The documentary chronicles the life of nine rural families in different Mexican states and how they struggle with the idea of staying in México and living in poverty, or migrating to the U.S. to earn money.

"Our dream is that this documentary will be seen everywhere so that people can know of this reality," film director Carlos Hagerman said at the end of the screening.

The audience, which nearly filled the theater, received the stories of these families with great delight and also congratulated the director for his work.