Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration (AU campus screenings)

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American Univ. McKinley Building Doyle/Forman Theater

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4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016

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Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration

This film series showcases inspiring stories of courage, hope and determination as international voices and perspectives are portrayed via dramatic features, documentaries and shorts.

Millions of migrants, Countless stories, 25+ films, 10 venues.

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Film screenings at American University: Free and open to the public

Friday, October 27 at 7:00 pm. Opening Night reception -- 6:30 pm, Media Innovation Lab

Risking It All: Children At the Border Film Poster

Risking it All: Children At The Border (43 minutes. In English)

Documentary film screening with introduction and discussion by Univision Anchor and documentary journalist Maria Elena Salinas. Audience Q&A to follow moderated by AU-SOC Professor Jane Hall

NOTE: Although Opening Night event is free, registration is required but does not guarantee a seat. Arrive early as space is limited; first come/first seated.

Maria Elena Salinas travels to Central America and the US/Mexico border to explore why children are risking it all to cross the border. In El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, Salinas interviews fleeing children and their families, along with other pivotal players such as politicians, immigration experts, human rights supporters, human traffickers, and gang members. 2014

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm.

Documented Film Poster

Documented (90 minutes; in English; directed by Jose Antonio Vargas)

Documentary film screening followed by discussion via Skype with Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, immigration rights activist and founder of Define American.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas announced in 2011 via The New York Times Magazine that he was an undocumented immigrant. In Documented, he reflects on his travels as a child from the Philippines to the United States; his trials as an immigration reform activist; and his attempt to re-connect with his mother, whom he had not seen in 20 years. 2013

Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm.

Trails of Hope and Terror Film Poster

Trails of Hope & Terror (53 minutes; in English; directed by Vincent De La Torre)

Trails of Hope & Terror explores the historical and economic reasons for our current immigration crisis and how politicians have used this issue to get elected. Documentary covers stricter border agent behaviors, Obama and Trump soundbites, “No More Deaths” Samaritan laws, private federal prisons, gang members deported to El Salvador, and sanctuary issues. 2014

Preceded by two animated shorts:

--About A Wall portrays two children who want to play together despite a growing wall. (Italy, 2017, 3 minute animation; directed by Hermes Mangialardo)

--The Wall illustrates attempts by a grandmother and her grandson to surmount a seemingly endless wall. (Australia, 2017, 6 minute animation; directed by Nick Baker and Tristan Klein)

Parking is free after 5 pm. SIS underground garage is at Nebraska and New Mexico avenues. For futher information or questions, contact Lydia Schindler at

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Washington, DC 20016

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