"Harvest of Empire": New Film explores the history of Latinos in America

The untold story, documentary gives voice to undocumented immigrants in U.S.

Thompson-Marquez whose husband is a former U.S. Secret Service agent, wants young Latinos to know about "the heroes who are our parents."

"Many parents do not want to talk about what they've had to go through or have suffered to get here, out of shame or because they don't want to tell about those terrible experiences. But many young people who have seen the documentary come out with tears (in their eyes) and are grateful to listen to those stories," she said.

On the other hand, she criticized conservative voices that, in her opinion, try to minimize the contribution of Latinos to the United States.

Obama won in part by the support of the Latino vote, Romney held for the primary an "iron fist" against the undocumented immigrants.

Thompson-Marquez worked for eight years as an undocumented nanny while her permanent residence authorization was being processed, the earned a university degree in 1995 and got a job selling advertisements for a local affiliate of Telemundo in Arlington, Virginia. In 2009, she went on to become vice president, where she supervised the daily operations and ad sales of network affiliates.

"Now that I'm a citizen, I haven't taken that citizenship in vain because I can vote and I have the opportunity to speak for people who have no voice for the moment," she said.

She has found a new vocation in projects of "social justice" and, in fact, already begun the preliminary process to determine her next project.

The documentary had a limited but successful run on the New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco markets. Thompson-Marquez plans to launch the film nationally when negotiations for immigration reform begin.

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