Immigration Film Screenings

Which Way Home (2009)

Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes and stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. 83 minutes.
Precious Knowledge (2011)
Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School with interviews with teachers, parents, school officials, and the lawmakers who wish to outlaw the classes. 1 hour 15 min.

Beyond the Border - Más Allá de la Frontera (2002)
Beyond the Border follows the immigrant experience with Marcelo Ayala, who leaves his family on a risky journey to the United States. We begin to understand his decision to leave Mexico with the insights of his brothers, who before him, have each made the same journey. Horacio Ayala, has been in the US for a couple of years. He yearns to return to Mexico. Juan, the anchor of the brothers, has managed to realize his dream of a family and stable job in the United States, all the while missing the joy of being with his family in Mexico. Gonzalo, the oldest, has seen his life unravel, with broken marriages, jail time and a constant battle with alcoholism. 57 minutes.

Lost in Detention: The Hidden World of Immigration Enforcement (2011)
More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office, deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment. This PBS Frontline film investigates Obama's enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them. 60 minutes. Free to view online! 

Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness (2011)
This documentary follows a community in crisis after the fatal attack on a local immigrant resident. Stunned by the violence, diverse community stakeholders openly confront the crime and the divisive atmosphere, and commit to ongoing actions to prevent future hate crimes and intolerance. 60 minutes.

Brother Towns (2009)
Brother Towns is a story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, a coastal resort town where many Jacaltecos have settled in Florida. A great ‘first film’ that explores why people come and the different responses of people in Jupiter, Florida to the immigrants in their community. 58 minutes.

The Visitor (2007)
This is a good film to use as an introduction to visiting immigrants in detention. This gentle and compassionate film follows 62-year-old professor Walter Vale, who has lost his passion for teaching and writing, but his heart is stirred when he encounters an immigrant couple. This 2007 ‘comedy/drama’ won the best director at the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards. 105 minutes.

Papers - Stories of Undocumented Youth (2010)
This film interweaves the stories of undocumented students from several nations, the DREAM Act, the history of immigration in the United States, and the need for comprehensive immigration reform. 88 minutes (can be adapted to 63 minutes).

abUSed (2010)
An important film about the Postville immigration raid and the aftermath; describes what happened, its affects on the Postville community and the immigrants and their families; includes interviews with participants and visits individuals who were deported after their return to Guatemala (including citizen children born in the US). 97 minutes.

The 800 Mile Wall (2010)
This film highlights the construction of the border walls along the US - Mexican border; described as "an unflinching look at a failed U.S. border strategy that many believe violates fundamental human rights." 90 minutes.

9500 Liberty (2011)
This film documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.

Hawo's Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality (2011)
"Hawo's Dinner Party" is a video module adapted from the full documentary, Welcome to Shelbyville. The module follows the story of Somali refugee immigrant, Hawo, and how she deals with anti-immigrant sentiment from long-term residents in the small town of Shelbyville, Tennessee. In partnership with Active Voice, an orgaization that addresses social justice issues through multimedia, One Voice Minnesota network members can use this module to add to the immigration discussion within their communities. The module can be used to spark dialogue about building welcoming communities. One Voice Minnesota through The Advocates for Human Rights has a DVD copy available for screening at group or gathering in your community.  

Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey (2006)
An excellent film introducing us to migrants, why they come to the United States, and the dangerous journey many make to cross our southern border. 33 minutes.

Strangers No Longer
This film introduces the basic Christian framework for welcoming immigrants; it is 'Catholic' focused, but will resonate with many other denominations. 22 minutes.

One Border; One Body
The story of a unique Christian celebration: the annual border communion celebration where priests and lay people come together, separated by a border fence, united around one table and a shared experience. 'Catholic' focused, however this film will resonate with many in other denominations that celebrate the sacrament of communion. 30 minutes.