'Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore': PBS doc features Marine veteran fighting for her deported husband

Elizabeth Howe
April 08, 2019 - 4:42 pm
'Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore': PBS doc features Marine veteran fighting for her deported husband

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"There have been hundreds of people who physically sacrificed time and effort trying to get my husband back. And it still didn't work."

Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore is the story of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Elizabeth Perez's attempts to bring her husband Marcos home from Mexico. 

Filmmaker David Sutherland came across Perez through connections at the National Council of La Raza. 

"I was looking for subjects for portraits – the stories come out of the people," Sutherland said. "I was looking for subjects and who to follow. I found several with different social issue groups who knew me from different films. Elizabeth was working with them."

Sutherland and Perez worked together to document Perez's efforts to bring her undocumented husband Marcos home from Mexico — not realizing those efforts would go on for nine years.

"The best way I can describe the documentary is that it shows the hamster wheel," Perez said. "It doesn't have every detail of everything we did, but it gets the entire picture of how hard this system really is for people. And I have the privilege of openly fighting for my family because I'm not afraid of my children being taken away and being deported. That happens to so many other people."

Perez said she doesn't believe that being a veteran should mean she gets special treatment within the system. But Sutherland said her patriotism and devotion to the country and the Marines showed through in the film.

"She's very loyal to this country. I've never met anyone more loyal. Even under hard times when everything isn't working out for her. It's not just that she's loyal. She would never say a bad thing about anything in this country. And she particularly loves the Marines."

Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore premiers April 15, 2019 at 9 p.m. on PBS. 

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