Thursday, February 2, 2012

Immigration Film Series Kicks Off Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Borderlands Community Film Series, sponsored by the University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies, kicks off tonight with a film called Mi Vida Dentro (My Life Inside). The film follows an undocumented immigrant’s trial after she’s accused of the death of a child in her care.

The series comes from an organization called Indocumentales. “These films come with some discussion the idea with the films is to bring issues about the border and immigration to a diverse audience and to promote discussion in a way that is informative and open and civil,” Michelle Kuhns, outreach coordinator for CLAS, said.

The series goes beyond the bigger picture of the dangers of crossing the border and examines some specific and complex situations that immigrants find themselves in. “We hear about how dangerous it is, we know that that happens,” Kuhns said. “These films all look at it in a different way, they’re very personal films.”

She said CLAS is trying to bring some university resources out to the community through these films, which are important for Tucsonans to see because migration is all around. The films do touch on some heavy topics, though all are welcome to attend. They’re shown in Room 1C at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center and educated discussion will be held after each viewing to think about the messages the films portray.

“It allows everyone to have a glimpse into some of the many challenges and also the strength that a lot of the immigrants in these stories bring with them,” Kuhns said.

The schedule for the series and the trailer for Mi Vida Dentro are below the cut.

The Borderlands Community Film Series
El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, Room 1C
Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 2: Mi Vida Dentro/My Life Inside
Feb. 16: Farmingville
March 22: The Sixth Section
April 19: Al Otro Lado/To the Other Side

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