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Movies and Discussion Questions

Under the Same Moon, PG-13 http://www.foxsearchlight.com/underthesamemoon/

Nine-year-old Carlos aka Carlitos is one of the countless children left behind by parents who come to the U.S. seeking a way to provide for their families. His mother, Rosario, has worked illegally as a domestic in Los Angeles for four years, sending money home to her son and mother to give them a chance at a better life. When the death of his grandmother leaves young Carlitos alone, he takes his fate into his own hands and heads north across the border to find his mother.

Discussion Questions: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/marchweb-only/underthesamemoon.html.

 

9500 Liberty www.9500liberty.com

Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have “probable cause” to suspect is an undocumented immigrant. The devastating social and economic impact of the “Immigration Resolution” is felt in the lives of real people in homes and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and on the Internet.

Discussion Questions: http://9500liberty.com/blog/questions/.

 

The Visitor http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0857191/.

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.  This movie demonstrates the impact of detention on the lives of immigrants in the U.S. and how others can help bring life inside a detention facility

 

God Grew Tired of Us http://www.godgrewtiredofus.com/

This movie is about the Lost Boys of Sudan and their plight to freedom in the U.S. Having to leave their families and homeland behind, this group of extraordinary young men arrived to the United States as refugees and has managed to be incredibly successful in America.

 

All Americana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj8Fa8-mwc4

This is less than 12 minutes long but thought provoking and can be used when time is limited.  An immigrant high school student from East LA fights to keep her dream of going to college alive. After being accepted to a top university, ambitious honors student Marta learns she does not qualify for financial aid. With her working class immigrant family unable to pay her tuition, the determined teenager sets out on a journey across Los Angeles to find a way to keep her college dream alive. Through this experience, Marta forms a new and unexpected connection with her community and discovers the power of solidarity and protest.

 

Papers, the movie http://www.papersthemovie.com/about_papers/trailer.html

“Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers.”

It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember.

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