Documentary Film on Living in Mexico Wins in Film Festival in Mexico

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A U.S. baby boomer with no experience in filmmaking won an award in one of the biggest film festivals in Mexico. Caren Cross, a retired psychotherapist, felt so changed by living in Mexico that she felt compelled to make a documentary film. The film is now in 11 film festivals in the U.S.

Lost and Found in Mexico, a documentary film made by a retired psychotherapist baby-boomer who never made a film before, won in its category in Expresion en Corto, one of the biggest film festivals in Mexico. The film delves into the psychological and spiritual aspects of ex-pats living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Caren Cross and her husband David impulsively decided to move to Mexico after a one week vacation to the town of San Miguel de Allende. Caren had no intention of retiring early. She loved her profession and often joked that she'd work until she was 80. When the Crosses returned home, however, they dismantled their lives in the U.S. and retired to Mexico.

A few years later Caren realized that she had been significantly changed by the experience of living in Mexico and she wondered if other ex-pats felt the same way. The answers she encountered are revealed in this film.

Cross's revelation that she "gave away her heart" as a result of trying to be successful and trying to please, resonates with most viewers. Cross claims she couldn't be true to herself in the U.S. because the competition and need to be successful were overwhelming. Only by getting out of her culture could she find her true self.

One of the Mexican judges at the festival described Lost and Found in Mexico as "really beautiful and touching." "It speaks about very important issues that everyone must think about: happiness, love, peace, self-being and real freedom." Lost and Found in Mexico, "can help people seek and find the meaning of life and happiness."

Caren's win at the festival was not anticipated. "I almost fell off my chair. I never, ever thought this would happen. What an honor to be bestowed by a jury of Mexican filmmakers, producers, and professors of film. As a foreigner and as a novice filmmaker, I feel especially honored," Caren said.

To see the trailer or to purchase her award-winning documentary on living and retiring in Mexico, please visit Cross's website:


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