January 13, 2009

Latino Cultural Center to present undocumented immigrant film series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three films examining undocumented immigrants' lives in the United States and their homelands will be shown as part of a film series beginning Jan. 27 at Purdue University.

The films, sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center, will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1010, and are free and open to the public. The screenings will be followed by a discussion. The films are as follows:

* Jan. 27 - "Al otro lado," a Mexican film directed by Gustavo Loza, follows the story of three children - from Mexico, Cuba and Morocco - as they attempt to deal with the realities of immigration in their societies. The film won three awards at the Latin-American Film Festival in 2006. The discussion will be led by Patricia Hart, a professor of foreign language and literature.

* Feb. 3 - "Mojados," a film directed by Tommy Davis, follows four migrants from a small village in Mexico as they leave their families on a 120-mile trek across the Texas desert, attempting to evade U.S. Border Patrol. The discussion will be led by Julie Harrell, a continuing lecturer of foreign language and literature.

* Feb. 10 - "The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon" portrays what life is like for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows through the eyes of five men working construction, a farm and as a groundskeeper at a five-star resort. The men struggle to make enough money in some of the wealthiest areas in America to send back to their families in Mexico. The discussion will be led by Gilberto Corral Jr., program coordinator for the Latino Cultural Center.

"Each of the films shed light on how undocumented immigrants live, why they make such sacrifices and their desire for a better life for their families," Corral said. "I think attendees will have a better understanding of undocumented immigrants after watching these films."

Writer: Clyde Hughes, (765) 494-2073, jchughes@purdue.edu

Source:  Gilberto Corral, Jr., (765) 494-2530, gcorral@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

To the News Service home page