September 2, 2014

Bringing the border to the Bay—filmshowings–Sep. 19, 21, 22

thefenceThursday, September 19, 6:30 pm, Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco; co-sponsored by the Eric Quesada Center and the Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition.

Saturday, September 21, 6:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Drive at Fourth Street, San Rafael; co-sponsored by the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition.

Sunday, September 22, 4:30 pm, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita), Connie Barber Room, second floor (sorry, no wheelchair access); co-sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship.

The U.S.-Mexico border passes through hundreds of miles of desert and riverbed wildlands. What effects does immigration enforcement have on wild nature as well as on human communities? Come see a set of films on the impacts of U.S. border policy on immigrants, border communities, human rights, and the environment. All showings are free.

The Sierra Club Borderlands Team is bringing these films to the Bay Area to help us learn how changes to border and immigration policies impact our friends, our neighbors, and the borderlands. All three showings are co-sponsored by the the Marin Task Force on the Americas. Folks from sponsoring organizations will be on-hand for introductions and discussion.

Immigrants For Sale (2013, 33 min.) is a ground-breaking on-line documentary series that goes inside the private immigrant-detention industry, through the lens of those most impacted, the players behind the trade, and the multi-billion dollar profits that fuel it all.

Undocumented mountain lion, prevented from crossing border at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Photo courtesy U.S. Border Patrol.

Undocumented mountain lion, prevented from crossing border at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Photo courtesy U.S. Border Patrol.

Wild Versus Wall (2010, 20 min.) covers the ecological effects of the 651 miles of border wall already constructed along U.S. boundaries with Mexico. The Bush administration waived 37 federal environmental-protection laws in our borderlands, resulting in a damaged landscape and a compromised legal system.

The Fence (2010, 30 min.) is award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s HBO documentary of candid interviews with Border Patrol agents, ranchers, environmentalists, and voices from both sides of the border-security debate. Kennedy uses humor to highlight contradictions and politically driven misinformation, as well as the ineffectiveness and costliness of the controversial border barrier.

For more information contact dan.millis@sierraclub.org.

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