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Touching 19-minute film empowers illegal immigrants

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After her immigrant father is deported, a young woman agrees to film her life for “Limbo,” an online film project.

A young woman, her face wet with tears, stares into the lens of a video camera.

“Believe me when I tell you,” she says, her voice breaking, “that if this wasn’t necessary, that if my dad knew that he could make us survive in Mexico, he would have never brought us here.”

She and two other young people, all of whom live in Los Angeles, are the subjects of Eliot Rausch’s new film “Limbo.” The 19-minute film was to premiere Friday in New York as part of the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards.

This 19 minute film exposes the lives of 3 undocumented students, living in the US without legal status. Never having touched a camera, the 3 students were gifted with a small handycam and trained for half a day by Lukas Korver and Matt B. Taylor. They were asked to film everyday for 3 months. Through their lens, this is their story.

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