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Thursday, August 31 • 11:15am - 1:35pm
#9 - Contemporary Issues Docs - Trails of Hope and Terror + Walk with Me + Andy Woofs Birthday

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Walk with Me - Walk With Me tells the story of a unique church run by and for prisoners, exprisoners and people of faith who want to be in solidarity with them.  It starts with an ordained elder who is an exprisoner, driving out to a prison to meet a church member who is getting out after 24 years inside. We meet two more formerly incarcerated church members and a long time Presbyterian who has never been in prison. We see how people with radically different life experiences come together to worship, celebrate, support each other, work for social change together and become friends.

Andy Wooffs Birthday
- Andy Wooff wakes up everyday stuck in a cycle. Rest, get money, shoot up heroin and repeat. Today is his Birthday.  As Andy goes throughout his Birthday his history is leering over his shoulder, constantly reminding him of his family and what could have been.

Trails of Hope and Terror - The thesis of the documentary attempts to answer the question, why we, in the United States, currently have an immigration dilemma on our Southern borders. The question is explored in an academic and scholarly matter that is nonetheless accessible to the viewer. Trails of Hope and Terror: The Movie is a fifty-five minute documentary focused on the topic of immigration. Filmmakers traveled to the U.S. border five times to walk the desert and interview humanitarian groups, social workers, legal professionals, the undocumented, and anti-immigration protesters. The film explores the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis, and how politicians have used this issue to garner votes. The film also shows how some communities of faith are responding to the crisis.  The documentary_Ñés structure attempts to answer the question why Mexican and Central Americans come to the U.S. without proper documentation. This question is voiced early in the film by politicians who present the undocumented as a threat in order to garner votes so as to win elections. Rather than simplistically scapegoating the immigrant, the documentary explores the historical events that contributed to the movements of Mexicans and Central Americans northward. Special attention is given to Manifest Destiny, the Mexican-American War, Gunboat Diplomacy, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the creation of Banana Republics, the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the judicial procedure known as Operation Streamline, the border strategy known as Operation Gatekeeper, and the grassroots_Ñé resistant strategy employed by advocates for the undocumented known as the Sanctuary Movement. 

Thursday August 31, 2017 11:15am - 1:35pm PDT
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

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