Visitor’s Day

Film phase:Completed


Sixteen year-old Juan Carlos ran away from home to escape abusive parents. After years of battling alcohol addiction and homelessness, he found his way from Mexico City to the rural town of Atlixco, where he joined dozens of other runaway boys living in a group home named Ipoderac. This film follows Juan Carlos during the most transformative year of his life, as he prepares to travel back to Mexico City to confront his father one last time.


Nico Opper smiles at the camera. Black and white portrait.Nico Opper directed and produced the Emmy®‐nominated feature documentary Off and Running, which premiered at Tribeca, won ten international festival awards, opened theatrically in three cities and aired on P.O.V. Their work on Visitor’s Day is supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Independent Television Service. Nico has produced documentaries for The Discovery Channel and Here TV, and was recently selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” They currently lecture at San Francisco State University.