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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Significance of family. Families care for and support an older adult.
Positive Role Models
Mexican American filmmaker Iliana Sosa shares stories told by her grandfather Julían Moreno, a former U.S. seasonal agricultural laborer who lives in San Juan del Río, Mexico. Other family members, including his live-in son Jorge, assist with the care of Moreno. Someone illegally uses a name to gain employment.
BIPOC kids, as well as young and older men and women who engage in a variety of vocations such as caregiving, construction, and filmmaking.
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Violence & Scariness
Blood, cancer, death, gravesites, kids fighting, parent slapping a kid as a form of discipline, and declining health of an older adult.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male nudity from the waist up, courtship of a couple, and pregnancy.
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"Bastards," "damn," and the phrase "screw me over."
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Products & Purchases
Apparel with logos and messages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer, drunkenness, and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What We Leave Behind is a Spanish-language documentary with subtitles. Through the lens of his Mexican American filmmaker granddaughter, a native Mexican laborer shares memories from the past and visions for the family's future. References and images include death, gravesites, declining health of an older adult, kids fighting, beer, drunkenness, smoking, male nudity from the waist up, and illegal use of a name to gain employment. Language includes "bastards," "damn," and the phrase "screw me over." The movie emphasizes include the significance of family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Documentarian Iliana Sosa offers this immensely memorable movie as a loving tribute to her grandfather Julían Moreno. "Grandpa was a mystery to me as a kid," remembers Sosa in What We Leave Behind. "I didn't know how to talk to him." The widower, who once raised seven kids and wore a sombrero everywhere, except to sleep, now willingly shares his wisdom with his granddaughter. They speak about the role of family, hard work, and getting older, all engaging subjects sure to spark meaningful discussions.
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