Love It and Leave It
31 minutes – 2008
Director/Producer – DVD available
In an attempt to make sense of her experience as an expatriate living in Canada, the filmmaker connects with eleven other natural born Americans living in both Canada and Mexico. Love It and Leave It takes us down the various roads that lead to these unique and outspoken individuals, including one peace activist who was chased across the border into Canada by the F.B.I. during the height of McCarthyism and a cafe owner who used his determination to give up an addiction to drugs and fulfill his dream of living in Mexico.
Along the way, she questions the assumptions of her proud American childhood and explores her shifting sense of identity. She learns, like the other individuals that have left the United States, that Canada offers her a new version of the American Dream to which she had always aspired.