Facing a 4-month "voluntary" deportation order, undocumented immigrant Miguel Cortes has 120 days to decide between leaving his wife and 2 daughters in the US alone, or changing his name and becoming a fugitive to keep his family together.


Ted Roach


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120 Days captures an intimate look at the lives of one family of undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States illegally for twelve years. Father and husband, Miguel Cortes, could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave the country voluntarily, and paying a $5000 bond, the judge offers him 120 days to get his affairs in order before leaving his wife and two daughters in the U.S. to continue their education. Miguel has 120 Days to work hard, save money, and weigh his options about returning to Mexico alone, or changing his name and disappearing back into another U.S. city illegally with his family. Written by Anonymous

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Walk in this family's shoes for 120 days
13 November 2015 | by suethelenSee all my reviews

While waiting at a stop light, Miguel Cortes is pulled over by a cop in North Carolina but charged with nothing. He is instead only asked for papers, and when unable to produce a driver's license, is arrested and jailed while his daughters are left in the car. Cortes is a law-abiding, working, contentedly married father of two girls and was taking them to school. At an immigration hearing, he is assessed a $5,000 fine and given 120 days to put his affairs in order and depart the country. This is the story of those days.

"Before you criticize a person, walk a mile in his shoes." Remember that one? Here's the viewers' opportunity to instead spend 120 days in the Cortes family's shoes. Viewers get to know and become a part of the family as they plan personal and financial matters in preparation for his separation from them.

Whatever your feelings about deportation of undocumented aliens, this movie will cause you to think again and put them in sharper contrast. For anyone with even a small degree of authority over the matter, it is a near compulsory watch.

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