In the past two months, our national debate on immigration has been largely driven by angry protests over unaccompanied children from Central America traveling hundreds of miles on their own to cross the U.S./Mexico border. Calls for the immediate deportation of these vulnerable young refugees have been loud and persistent, while supporters have undertaken humanitarian efforts to house and care for them and connect them with family members while they remain in this country. This dangerous trek was vividly portrayed in the multiple award-winning 2009 film, Which Way Home, which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Its relevance to today’s crisis is stark and undiminished. Conscientious Projector screens it on Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Director Rebecca Camisa focuses on children making their way north on a freight train they call “The Beast,” leaving loved ones behind in order to flee the violence, poverty and desperation in their native countries.
Rev. Francisco Garcia, Director of Peace & Justice Ministries at All Saints Church and a longtime immigrants rights activist, leads a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.