Latino Film Festival begins Tuesday

Movie poster for "The Other Side of Immigration"NIU’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies is hosting a film festival this week.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 753-1531.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Latino Center, 515 Garden Road

  • Documentary screening and discussion, “Which Way Home”  (in Spanish with English subtitles)

“Which Way Home” is a 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary produced and directed by Rebecca Cammisa. This fascinating film showcases the trials, hopes and sorrows of various unaccompanied child migrants who travel through Mexico into the United States by a freight train referred to as “The Beast.”

Sponsors are the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and Dream Action NIU.

Wednesday, Feb., 23, 7:30 p.m.
Cavan Auditorium, Gabel Hall

  • Documentary screening and discussion, “on the edge”

“on the edge” is a documentary produced by Laura Vazquez and Diane Nilan. This film highlights the plight of the homeless and the issues surrounding homelessness by following the lives of seven courageous women as they share their stories of trying to escape homelessness in the United States.

Sponsors are the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the Women’s Studies Program.

Thursday, Feb 24, 7:30 p.m.
Grant A/B Formal

  • Documentary screening and discussion, “The Other Side of Immigration” (in Spanish with English subtitles)

“The Other Side of Immigration” features the work of Roy Germano, an award-winning filmmaker with a Ph.D. in political science. This documentary addresses the questions of why Mexicans leave their homes to work in the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Based on more than 700 interviews, the film illuminates the issues surrounding one of the most “hot-button” topics in the news today.

Sponsors are the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and Dream Action NIU.

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