Film: La Vida No Es Fácil
The documentary “La Vida No Es Fácil,” directed by Maurice Martinez, examines the issue of the ineligibility of undocumented immigrants for in-state tuition at North Carolina's public universities and how this situation affects the lives of college-aged Latino students. Director Maurice M. Martinez examines this controversial topic through the stories of three such students who were born to poor farm workers in Mexico. They have spent much of their lives in the U.S. and are struggling to find the financial resources to attend college.
Maurice Martinez officially retired in May after teaching at the Watson College of Education for 20 years. A professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, Martinez has brought passion, creativity and wisdom to his teaching, research and service to the college. Martinez is also a poet, photographer, musician and award-winning filmmaker. His many films, which focus upon social justice and the documentation of African-American history, have been screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival, Cine Golden Eagle, Cine Noir, New York Black Film Festival, Sometime in October Festival and the North Carolina Black Film Festival.