Department Alumnus Finds Success as Filmmakerdocumentary cover

By: Hilary L. Browder

Ricardo E. “Ricky” Causo is a 2009 UTC alumnus who created a documentary film, “If You Could Walk in My Shoes,” about immigration in America. The film was an official selection for the Workers Unite Film Festival in 2016 and is 24 minutes long and has recently been awarded the IMPACT Docs Award of Recognition. During Foreign Language Week of 2017, Causo returned to Chattanooga and screened the documentary for students, faculty and staff. There was a discussion period after the film screening.

Causo grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He received his degree in Communications and Spanish from UTC. He did a Master’s Program in Documentary and Society Studies in Barcelona before doing an internship with the documentary programming department at the Tribeca Film Institute.

To make “If You Could Walk in My Shoes,” he spent four years documenting the life of Ricardo and his wife María, immigrant workers from Ecuador adjusting to life in the US, and their family’s journey to becoming business owners in New York City. Speaking about the film, Causo remarked, “I think that people need to take the time to see what an immigrant worker goes through, so they can see that the things he wants out of life aren't much different than the ones they want for themselves.” When asked if he scripted the documentary Causo said “I never wanted it to be scripted. I wanted him to be able to speak for himself and over the course of the years the story came to light.”

We are excited that Causo’s return to campus for Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 (September 15 – October 15) is in the works. We hope that he might be able to share some of his new documentary on families of children with autism. For now, you may stop by the Language Lab, Brock 101 to see the film. You can watch the trailer at this link.