May 10 is Mother's Day in Mexico. Celebrate by remembering and reflecting on all of the mothers whose families have been torn apart by deportation.
This film screening is at the close of our annual conference. This year's conference theme is Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration. Please join us.
Admission is free.
A film by Javier Solórzano Casarin,
Mexico, 2009, 65 min. 70 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.
As part of a series of a country-wide airport raids in search of terrorists, Elvira Arellano, a Mexican woman working as a janitor at O'Hare International Airport, was arrested and convicted of Social Security fraud. On the date she was ordered to appear before immigration authorities, she took refuge in a Methodist church where she fought to remain in the United States with her American-born son. Despite her 12-month struggle, she was ultimately deported to Mexico in 2007. Elvira narrates the drama of this undocumented mother who has become an international symbol for undocumented workers' rights.
899 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10019 , Room L76
A collaboration with Indocumentales, What Moves You?, Cinema Tropical, FilmDu and Trenza Films.