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Oaxacalifornia: The Return

Three generations of a Mexican-American family navigate their identities in California.


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The British documentary filmmaker with residence in Mexico, Trisha Ziff (Witkin and Witkin: A Photographer and a Painter) revisits one of her first works 25 years later, portraying once again the Mexican immigrant family in California, the Mejías, which now spans three generations scattered between the United States and their native Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxacalifornia: The Return becomes a documentary that explores the complexities of migrant identities, that feeling of "not belonging here or there," with children facing different lifestyles than their parents, and reconciling their conceptions of the world with roots that they may not know but to which they are connected by their parents.



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An intimate portrait of three generations of a Mexican-American family in California, 'Oaxacalifornia: The Return' revisits the Mejía family twenty-five years after they were first portrayed negotiating their place in a new environment, digging deep into the complexities of multi-generational immigrant identities and the nuances of both belonging and otherness to become a moving epic about the fabric of the US.

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