La Americana

About This Episode


When nine-year-old Carla suffers a life-threatening accident, her mother Carmen must leave her behind to make the dangerous and illegal journey from Bolivia to the U.S., where she hopes to earn enough to save her daughter’s life. Working in New York to support Carla’s medical needs, Carmen struggles to legalize her immigration status, and wrestles with the prospect of never seeing her daughter again. But after six years of separation, Congress proposes amnesty legislation that could allow Carmen and Carla to be reunited at last.

Filmed across three countries in a captivating narrative, La Americana is Carmen's story, and the story of millions of illegal immigrants who make the difficult decision to leave their families behind to pursue the elusive American dream. This intimate and powerful story shows how immigration policy affects families on both sides of the border, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue.