When Heidi Ewing was at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her documentary on Detroit’s economic struggles, “Detropia,” she wound up owning a lengthy conversation with two good friends who came to Park Metropolis, Utah, to assistance her.

“A person evening, they advised me their entire lifestyle story, just after six many years of friendship,” remembers Ewing.

Their shifting, harrowing real-life experiences motivated “I Carry You With Me,” a gay like story that chronicles how two men from Mexico fell in really like and designed the tough selection to occur to the United States as undocumented immigrants, leaving behind crucial pieces of their lives.

The film, which opened Friday at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills, is the very first narrative attribute from Ewing, who grew up in Farmington Hills and is a leading power in documentary movies. She has co-directed quite a few award-winning docs in that genre with Rachel Grady, which includes 2007’s “Jesus Camp,” which acquired an Oscar nomination.