They are seeking their fortune in the US

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May I ask why the author used the continuous form of th verbs here? Can't we use "simple tense"?

The film charts the journey of Mexican and Central American children who leave their home countries to come to the United States riding on top of a train they call “La Bestia”, or the Beast. They are seeking their fortune in the US and are dreaming of a better life for themselves and their families.Some of them are hoping to reunite with family members who already live in America, while others want to go to school or get a job so that they can send money back home.


Source: American English File 5
 

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You can use either.
 

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I think the -ing form emphasizes they are continuous actions in the film.
 

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'They' in post #3 refers to 'seeking', 'dreaming', and 'hoping'.
 

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Thank you. I guessed, maybe because they have arranged their journey in advnace the author used continuous forms.
 
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