Screening & Panel Discussion of Oscar-Nominated WHICH WAY HOME
(Seattle, WA) – Exiled Voices for Justice and Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies are proud to screen the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary WHICH WAY HOME at Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle. This free event will take place Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:00-9:30 pm.
“Which Way Home” chronicles the harrowing journeys undertaken by unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America and Mexico who risk everything to flee their native land, desperate to secure a brighter future in the United States.
“Which Way Home” follows several child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Director Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota; Jose, a 10-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and 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. Theirs are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.
After the screening, several panelists will discuss issues raised by the film: Rebekah Fletcher, Children’s Attorney with Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ); Sierra Rowe, Social Worker with the Refugee & Immigrant Children’s Program at Lutheran Community Services NW; DeAnn Adams, Program Manager of Friends of Youth’s El Puente program; and a young adult whose journey to the U.S. resembled those of the children in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Jorge Baron, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP).
After the screening/discussion, an advocacy fair showcasing the initiatives of non-profits working on behalf of immigrants fleeing poverty, abuse, or persecution in Central America and Mexico will offer attendees a unique opportunity to learn more and get involved.
This free event is sponsored by LCSNW’s Refugee & Immigrant Children’s Program, Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies, Global Washington, and El Centro de la Raza.
For details, please see www.exiledvoicesforjustice.org
Lutheran Community Services NW is a non-profit human services agency. Our mission is to partner with individuals, families, and communities for health, justice, and hope. For more information: www.lcsnw.org.
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