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A documentary film about resistance, faith and three immigrant women who take a stand against Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.

For over three months last year, three women led a vigil against America's toughest anti-illegal immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.  They were present on the Arizona state capitol lawn from dawn every day, in 100 degree weather- all to send a message to the legislators and to the public; create hope and leave behind fear.

On April 23, 2010 the Governor of Arizona signed Senate Bill 1070, America's toughest anti-illegal immigration law.  At the very same capitol building where the governor signed the law to rid Arizona of undocumented immigrants, Gina, Rosa and Maria made a promise to each other- they would hold vigil on the capitol grounds until the law was stopped.  As undocumented immigrants, they risked everything by taking a public stand against SB1070- deportation, loss of their livelihood and separation from their children.

In setting out to change the hearts and minds of the legislators in the building before them, the women transformed the shade of a small tree on the capitol grounds into a refuge for their community at the very epicenter of the choatic and polarized debate over immigration.

"La Vigilia" is a story of resistance and strength as three immigrant women risk everything when they stand up for their community in an extraordinary way.

HELP TELL THE STORY: Three immigrant women and the Virgen de Guadalupe take on America's toughest immigration law.  

WHAT IS DONE: Most of the film has been shot already.


Your DONATION will help pay for a final shoot in Arizona and Post-Production expenses for a rough cut of the film.


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