Visitor’s Day // Dia de Visita

Sixteen year old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before finding his way to IPODERAC, a unique group home and social enterprise located in Puebla, MX. IPODERAC is defined by a strong sense of brotherhood and sustained by the sale of artisanal goat cheese.

Visitor’s Day is an observational documentary that follows Juan Carlos throughout the most transformative year of his life, as he finds the strength to return to Mexico City to overcome his sense of abandonment and forgive his father for the past. Along the way we watch other boys overcome their own obstacles with the support of the extraordinary staff at Ipoderac.


Nicole Opper is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced the feature documentary Off and Running, an Audience Favorite at Tribeca and winner of ten international awards including Best Documentary at Outfest and Best Documentary Screenplay at Silverdocs. The film was nationally broadcast on P.O.V. in 2010. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to direct Visitor’s Day which is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Chicken & Egg Pictures and The Independent Television Service. Other work includes the short documentary, Mezzo, and the upcoming ITVS-supported web series The F Word. She’s also produced films for The Discovery Channel and Here TV, and was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Nicole has taught filmmaking at Stanford University and San Francisco State University, among other schools. She lives in Oakland, CA with her wife and their dog.


Manuel Adrian Tsingaris has been an editor for over twenty years. Most recently he edited the feature documentary, Alive Inside, which won the US Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sundance 2014. He also edited The Latino Americans, a 6-hour PBS mini-series retelling US history through a Latin lens which won a Peabody Award, and Purgatorio, which premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Long Gone won Best Documentary at Slamdance, and China Blue was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at IDFA in Amsterdam. A Dream in Doubt received a Grand Jury Honorable Mention Award at Slamdance. Writ Writer was an official selection at SXSW 2008 and aired on Independent Lens on PBS. DOGTOWN Redemption will air on Independent Lens.  Other past work includes The Rugby Player, Uncle Gloria and A Test of Courage.


Carlo Corea graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in México City, and received his Masters from the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovusuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in Barcelona. He has directed fiction, documentaries and animation. His films have screened at Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina, Munich International Film Festival at Germany, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), Morelia International Film Festival and Guadalajara International Film Festival at México. He is a founding member and teacher at “ARPA” a public visual arts and filmmaking school at the University of Puebla (BUAP). He is also the author of various essays, short fiction and illustrated stories for kids. He lives in Puebla with his wife and two kids.

I first encountered the IPODERAC boys as an eighteen year old volunteer, and I was deeply moved by my experience there. The boys at IPODERAC come from all over the country. Most ran away to escape abuse and lived on the streets for months or years before they get here. Many of them have never been able to trust an adult before IPODERAC, but they quickly learn to become accountable to one another and to their adopted home. Eleven years after volunteering as a teenager, I unearthed the journal I kept during my time there. In it, I had vowed to come back and make a documentary about this place. I returned to IPODERAC to fulfill this promise.

Visitor's Day was made possible by the generous support of: