The documentary film I’m Leaving Now / Ya me voy by Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda was the winner of the award for Best Documentary in the Hecho in Mexico competition at the 13th annual edition of the DocsMX Film Festival.
I’m Leaving Now follows Felipe, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who after 16 years of living in Brooklyn, struggles with the prospect of returning home to Mexico and reuniting with the wife and children he no longer really knows. Blending documentary with fictional elements, the film is a lyrical meditation that unfolds as Felipe wanders the streets of Brooklyn, reflecting on family, home, loneliness, and love, and pondering where his life will go next.
Other winners at DocsMX include Daniela Rea’s No sucumbió la eternidad / Eternity Never Surrendered, which was awarded the Jury Award in the First Film competition; the Critic’s Prize for Best Mexican First Film was presented to Zita Erffa’s Lo mejor que puedes hacer con tu vida / The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life, while Julio López’s La batalla del volcán received a Special Mention in the same competition.
Bernhard Hetzenauer’s La sombra de un dios / A God’s Shadow was the winner of the award for Best Mexican Short Film, while Enrique García Meza’s Ayotzinapa. El paso de la tortuga was the winner of the Audience Award.