Maoe (Mother)

In 2018 about 60,000 immigrants try and cross to the US from all corners of the world. Many come alone, others with their partner and even with small children. Running from poverty, violence, or to pursue a better future. Some will get across and start a new life. Others will get caught and be sent back to where they came from and others will die and their remains will be lost to someday be found by another person crossing. Many will leave all their
belongings, their loved ones, their life behind to provide a better future for their young ones but how much sacrifice is too much?

Mercedes and her 3 sons came to the united states in 2002. It’s now been about 17 years and the 3 boys are now turning into men, each pursuing a career in a University. They have all made a life here and are all in college ready to graduate. Through all the struggles they have overcome they are finally reaching their dreams of getting a college degree and being able to give back to this country that gave them a true life. Their mother does whatever means necessary to provide for what they need, from working a hard job 5am to 4pm. Days where it gets as hot as 110 degrees and as low as 35 degrees. Not only is she fighting mother nature she is also putting herself in a situation where she can get deported for working and providing for her family. Being undocumented in today’s age is a challenge living a normal life. Mercedes shows us what it takes to give her 3 sons a better life, a life she never had.

  • Erick Aguilar
  • Sergio Torres Hernandez
  • Sergio Torres Hernandez
  • Sergio Torres Hernandez
    Director of Photography
  • Tonie Rosier
    Production Assistant
  • Mercedes
    Subject of Film
  • Sergio Torres Hernandez
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Cinema 4k/ DCI
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Director Biography - Erick Aguilar , Sergio Torres Hernandez

Sergio Torres Hernandez, a DACA Recipient from Monterey Bay
State University is graduating in December 2019 with a BA in Cinematic Arts & Technology. Maoe (Mother) his thesis Documentary film from CSUMB touches on an immigrant mother who leaves Guatemala to give her 3 sons a better future in the United States. DACA is another Documentary Sergio Directed and Produced which is a film that shows us the advantages DACA has given about 800,000 immigrants who were brought here at a young age. Now the Trump administration is threatening to abolish the program which would negatively affect the recipients of DACA

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Director Statement

Sergio’s goal as a filmmaker is to create awareness to many issues and problems. Sergio wants to influence, educate and inform people of what’s going on around the world. Through his films he wants to share people’s stories and show its ok to be different. We all want the same end goal, to give our children a better future. Maoe (Mother) a short film lets us in to the world of a Guatemalan mother who immigrated to the United States to give her children a better future. We see what she goes through and the sacrifices she makes for them.