I'm Leaving Now

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

World Premiere, Hot Docs 2018

The Film

Directed by Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda / 2018 / 74 min

Felipe has come to a crossroads. After 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and collecting bottles on the street in his spare time and sending the bulk of his earnings home to his family in Mexico, he's decided to return to his wife and the children he hasn't seen in almost two decades.

But when he informs his family of his homecoming, he discovers that they've squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. They need him to stay in the US, continuing to earn.

Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklyn’s immigrant community, Ya Me Voy (I'm Leaving Now) is a searingly intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. A blend of documentary with some fictional elements, the film allows the rhythms, emotions and sounds of Felipe’s life and the city to drive the story, utilizing a structure and a style often not seen in documentaries. Impressionistic, cinematic and with the city as its soundscape, the film pushes the boundary of how documentary can capture the lives of the unseen, ultimately elevating this one lonely man’s story into a lyrical meditation on themes of family and home, loneliness and love. As Felipe debates whether to stay or go, the film builds to a heartbreaking portrait of the struggle and drama that exist in the lives of the often invisible figures toiling away in the kitchens, hotel rooms and construction sites of our biggest cities. Eschewing politics, the film is political nonetheless – a quiet and unforgettable snapshot of one man held in suspension between a world of endless work and a faraway home.

I'm Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy) had its world premiere at Hot Docs 2018 and won the jury award at DocsMx and a special mention from the jury at Morelia International Film Festival.

Post-Screening Q&A

Lindsey Cordero (Director/Producer) is a Mexican filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Her work blends fiction and non-fiction story elements to create intimate character-driven stories about often misunderstood, overlooked and under-represented populations. She is producer of the feature film En El Septimo Dia (2017) directed by Jim McKay that premiered as the centerpiece film at the 2017 BAMCinemaFest. It received rave reviews from both The New York Times and Variety and was nominated for a Spirit Award. She worked as additional editor and sound mixer on the documentary feature Havana Motor Club (2015) directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Cordero received the 2015 Princess Grace Film Honorarium for I'm Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and an MFA from the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

Armando Croda (Director/Producer) Originally from Mexico, Croda has been working in art and film in the US, Europe and Mexico for the past 15 years. Most recently, he edited John Hoffman's and Nanfu Wang's short documentary Out of Many, One (2018), which premiered at the New York Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix, as well as Jay Myself (2018) about the iconic New York City photographer Jay Maisel. Croda was additional cinematographer and editor of the documentary Havana Motor Club (2015) directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn.

Josh Alexander (Writer/Producer) is one of the founders of Group Effort Films. He recently wrote CNN Films' The Reagan Show (2017) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcasted on CNN. THE REAGAN SHOW was nominated for the 2017 Critics Choice Award for Best Political Documentary and for Cinema Eye Honors for Best Editing. He is currently writing on Matt Dillon’s film about the legendary Afro-cuban singer El Gran Fellove, as well as on photographer Stephen Wilkes’s doc Jay Myself about the legendary NYC photographer Jay Maisel. Josh has written two screenplays with the noted novelist Beverly Coyle and has numerous other documentaries, fiction features and television projects in various stages of development.


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Please arrive 15 minutes early for guaranteed admittance. No-show tickets will be released at start time.
Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm


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This event is part of the Winter 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

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