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a documentary by

ROCIO Film Scholarship for Undocumented Students

"I can't properly articulate how beautiful and moving the film is - I was blown away by it."

Rebecca Tucker - Executive Director, Young Eisner Scholars


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Current Screenings

Friday, November 30th, 2018


Palladium Residence Hall Multipurpose Room

140 E 14th St

New York, NY 10003

Showtime - 8:00pm

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Cabrillo High School Long Beach


2001 Santa Fe Ave

Long Beach, CA 90810

Showtime - 1:15pm

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Mexican Cultural Institute

2829 16th St NW

Washington, DC 20009

Showtime - 6:40pm

"ROCIO is one of the most moving and ambitious documentary film theses I've seen at Harvard in my many years of teaching here."

Ross McElwee - Photographic Memory


Woven from footage collected over a quarter of a century, ROCIO is the story of a mother's love and the American Dream.

When doting mother of three Rocio is suddenly diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer, her son Dario takes a leave of absence from Harvard College to come home and take care of her. Their battle against the disease leads them into the world of alternative medicine, where they find hope shimmering at a clinic across the border.

The catch: Pursuing this last chance at survival might mean giving up everything they've ever worked for.

"Dario created a film in which history and everyday life, the political and the personal, the extraordinary and the ordinary, seem to be folded into each other, and where everything lies in the almost imperceptible shifts between them."

Laura Frahm - Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies

About the Director

Dario Guerrero, creator of the new documentary ROCIO, is an undocumented Harvard graduate. His story first received national attention in September 2014 when he published an essay in the Washington Post titled "I told Harvard I was an undocumented immigrant. They gave me a full scholarship."

Following up on this story, a Telemundo news crew reached out to Dario and found him living in his grandmother's home, some 3,000 miles away from school in the crime-ridden, massive slums of Nezahualcoyotl just outside Mexico City. Dario's story again made national headlines, this time under the guise of "Harvard student took his dying mom to Mexico, now he's not allowed to leave." This is the subject matter of the present film. This is the story of ROCIO.

Dario also co-directed 2013's A Dream Deferred with college roommate Alex Boota, a documentary following several undocumented Harvard students as they apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Funded by the Harvard Law Documentary Studio, it was a Regional Finalist in the Student Academy Awards.

"I cried. It's raw. It's powerful. It's also gripping, and I couldn't turn away."

Laura Wides-Munoz - The Making of a Dream


"You've made an unusual and beautiful film."

Robb Moss - Containment

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