Shenandoah, a coal-mining town with a proud immigrant past, once fueled America’s industrial revolution. Today, it is a town in decline, and the descendants of yesterday’s European immigrants rub shoulders with the Mexican immigrants of today. Tensions came to a head when four white football players were charged in the beating death of Luis Ramirez, an undocumented Mexican migrant. In the documentary “Shenandoah,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer turned director David Turnley creates a deeply felt portrait of a working-class community torn apart by violence. 97 minutes. English.
“It was a tragedy that touched upon several great national themes — the dislocation wrought by fading industry, the turmoil of immigration, the endurance of sports…” — Sam Dolnick, The New York Times
Director David Turnley will hold a question-and-answer session after the film.
Join us for this special screening & discussion this Thursday at 8PM at Artists’ Television Access 992 Valencia X 21st in San Francisco’s Mission District.
AL OTRO LADO, Dir. Natalia Almada, US/Mexico, 2005, 66 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. 8-10PM VIEW THE TRAILER
Discussion with Ted Lewis, Human Right Director, Global Exchange and Ethan Nadelman, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, follows screening. $6 donation.
Like many in Sinaloa, the drug capital of Mexico, 23-year-old Magdiel faces two choices to better his life: trafficking drugs or crossing the border into the United States. Yet Magdiel has a special talent that could be his ticket out: composing corridos – ballads about the narcotics underworld and undocumented immigrant life. For over 200 years corridos have been Mexico’s musical underground newspaper and the voice of those rarely heard outside their communities. From Sinaloa, Mexico, to the streets of South Central and East L.A., Al Otro Lado explores the world of drug smuggling, immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all. Featuring