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Back by popular demand: Lost and Found in Mexico

By Julieta Moreno

Why are so many expats finding a more satisfying life in Mexico? That’s the question behind a documentary film written and directed by Caren Cross. And one that many of us living in Mexico ask ourselves all the time.

After a week-long vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Caren started questioning the way she was living in the US. As she thought more and more about San Miguel, she realized this little town in Mexico was where she belonged. Within five months she had convinced her husband to sell their home and belongings and move to San Miguel.

Documentary Movie
Lost and Found in Mexico
Thu, Mar 27, and Fri, Mar 28, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos includes film
and Q&A with director


They quickly settled into village life, but Caren couldn’t stop thinking about how her life had been transformed. Stress had disappeared. She felt freer and more engaged in daily activities than she ever had before. She spoke to other expats who felt the same way.

What is it about Mexico, and San Miguel in particular, that is so nurturing and magical, she wondered? What is it that people find here that was missing in their former lives? The idea for a documentary film was born.

Called Lost and Found in Mexico, Caren’s film profiles five expats who have made the move to San Miguel. Each of them has a reason for seeking a new life in Mexico, but those reasons resonate with the rest of us. Work stress, health issues, the loss of a loved one, normal life trauma–they let us in on the secrets that led them away from the U.S. and to San Miguel. Interspersed with these intimate vignettes, we see the color of daily life in San Miguel, its deep blue skies, warmly hued buildings, lively markets, and the glowing and hardworking local people.

Cross had never made a documentary film in her life. But this one is top notch—and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Caren’s film was shown in 30 film festivals in the U.S. and Europe, winning awards along the way. It was purchased by TV stations as far away as New Zealand and Singapore! And Caren was interviewed on NPR by Diane Rehm.

The Santa Ana Theater hasn’t shown this film for over a year and we’re delighted that Caren has agreed to show it. She will be doing a Q&A following the film.


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