Documentary

Matias

Co-produced by Claudine LoMonaco and Mary Spicuzza, the documentary film Matias examines the journey of a Mexican migrant who attempted to cross the desert to enter the United States.

A version of the film aired on PBS Frontline/World as A Death in the Desert, and Matias has has screened at several independent film festivals.

More photos of Matias’s family by Kathleen Flynn of the St. Petersburg Times.

Laura Teresa Gomez Santos, 19, nurses her four month old daughter Yareli Concepcion Garcia Gomez during a Good Friday Catholic procession through the small village of Agua del Espino in Oaxaca, Mexico. At the time, her husband was attempting to cross the border to work in the United States.
Ignacia Zavaleta Rios and her grandson Elias Garcia Lopez wait on the rest of their family to leave the market in Ejutla de Crespo to return to their small village of Agua del Espino in Oaxaca, Mexico. Elias’ father, Matias Juan Garcia Zavaleta, died while trying to cross the border in the Arizona desert.
Ignacia Zavaleta Rios sprinkles water on the grave of her eldest son Matias Juan Garcia Zavaleta on Easter Sunday April 16, 2006. Ignacia said she has had dreams of her son visiting her. “Mama, I’m thirsty,” he says to her. “Do you have any water?”
Miguel Rey Garcia Rodrigues rides in the back of a pickup truck on the route to the village of Agua del Espino in Oaxaca Mexico. His eldest son, Matias, had died trying to cross the border several years ago–and he was nervous while awaiting word about the crossing of his youngest son, Celestino.

For more information about the documentary film Matias by Claudine LoMonaco and Mary Spicuzza, please visit the official Matias website, or visit the Matias IMDB page.