Produced by Concordia Studio, Op-Docs is the New York Times Opinion section’s series of award-winning short documentaries. Tonight, see the heartbreak of those detained by ICE; the hope found on a dance floor; and the optimism in a contest for girls in “the toughest town in Texas.”

El Vacío
 (Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi, 13 min.) In a confessional built from home video and animation, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio explores the mental prisons and personal trauma created by immigration policy.

To Be Queen (Directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, 15 min.) In Luling, the “toughest town in Texas,” two Latina high school girls compete to be the next Watermelon Thump Queen.

La Boca del Lobo (Directed by Jesse Moss, 14 min.) Mario Guevara, a reporter for Mundo Hispanico, investigates the impact of ICE arrests on his Atlanta community.

Darlin (Directed by Isabel Castro, 15 min.) Members of a Honduran family are separated under the zero-tolerance policy.

Walk Run Cha-Cha (Directed by Laura Nix, 20 min.) Paul and Millie Cao, who lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War, have become successful professionals in Southern California—and are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019 5 p.m.

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Running Time
120 minutes
Digital, Color