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Q&A With Director Ted Roach Follows Screening of "120 Days"


Director Ted Roach receives his Longleaf Film Festival AwardWinner of awards from across the country, the North Carolina-focused film 120 Days” follows an immigrant father’s last “120 days” in the United States. Ted Roach directed this feature-length documentary about Raleigh resident, family man and undocumented immigrant Miguel Cortes, who is ordered to leave the United States in four months, and how far he will go to keep his family together and his American dream alive. 

On Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m., the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a free screening of “120 Days” in Daniels Auditorium, followed by a Q&A session with Roach, who also wrote and edited the film. The screening is part of First Fridays at the Museum from 5 to 9 p.m. Arrive early to try samples from Raleigh Brewing Company, visit the Museum Shop and see the exhibits The Story of North Carolina and Made Especially for You by Willie Kay. Admission is free. The film is not rated.

“120 Days” captures a very personal look at the Cortes family who has been living and working in the United States illegally for over 12 years. The film follows Cortes as he continues to work hard, to contribute to his home, and to weigh his options about leaving. He could risk a move to stay together, illegally, with his wife, Maria-Luisa, and their two daughters by changing his name and moving to another city.

Explains Roach, “My goal in making ‘120 Days’ was to let viewers feel what it’s like to be Miguel and his family as they face these difficult decisions. In understanding their perspective, a lot can be learned about not only their plight, but also the same decisions that face millions of immigrants in America every day.”

“120 Days” won Best Documentary and Best Made-in-NC awards at the inaugural Longleaf Film Festival in 2015 at the N.C. Museum of History.* Additional awards include Best Documentary at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival and the 2014 Kansas International Festival.

The March 4 program is part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series, an initiative produced and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Second Annual Longleaf Film Festival at N.C. Museum of History

On Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, the N.C. Museum of History will present its second annual Longleaf Film Festival, featuring winning entries from across the state and around the world. Approximately 40 films will be presented in five categories: narrative feature, short narrative, documentary feature, documentary short, and middle and high school student film. Festival times and event details will be posted on the museum’s website at or the Facebook page for the Longleaf Film Festival. 

Winners of the festival will be announced in a public ceremony Saturday evening. Major prizes will be given for the Judges’ Choice award, the Made-in-NC award, and the Best Student-Made Film. Winners will be selected by a panel of qualified judges that include film critics, filmmakers and film scholars.

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