Manuela and Ben Aparicio, sister and brother, brought by their parents in search of a better future, arrived in the United States from a rural village in Mexico to an ethnically divided community in California.

"Radiates humanity. Inspirational!"

Eduardo Diaz, Director, San Antonio CineFestival
Synopsis: 

Manuela and Ben Aparicio, sister and brother, brought by their parents in search of a better future, arrived in the United States from a rural village in Mexico to an ethnically divided community in California. Twenty years later, they share their stories of dislocation and their determination to succeed. They sensitively portray their struggles to learn English, resist efforts to be pushed into vocational programs, go on to universities, and help other immigrants achieve and find balance in the changing demographics of American society. Their story of claiming a place poses critical questions about identity, adaptation and survival in a multicultural world.

Reviews

"The immigrant experience is examined firsthand in the brief but powerful Miles from the Border. Members of the Aparicio family who immigrated to the US from Mexico in the 1970's, describe the delicate balancing act of living between two cultures. As they struggled to learn English, to excel in school and to be accepted by their new American neighbors, the family also dealt with the pain of being called traitors by friends and family who stayed in Mexico."

Teaching Tolerance

"A film anyone can relate to. I felt like I was watching a family of heroes."

Daniel Dupill, Los Angeles Public Library

"An excellent film for sensitizing teachings to students with their changing cultural and linguistic backgrounds."

Dr. Ellen Riojas-Clark, Professor Emerita, Bilingual/Bicultural Studies, University of Texas, San Antonio