Lots going on, and lots to see. If you’re in Washington, DC, or Tempe, Arizona, be sure to check out any of these films on immigration. Here’s a round-up:
First, the 8-part documentary film on immigration, How Democracy Works Now, is going to be shown from May 12th to June 10th here in Washington, DC, at the Goethe Institute. For those of you who didn’t get to read our post when the 8th story aired on HBO or still unfamiliar with the film’s background, here’s a little breakdown:
Each of the eight STORIES is a stand-alone feature film. Together, they trace the evolution of a complicated Grand Bargain, and the evolving roles of players on both sides. From the heady days before 9/11, through a year inside Senator Sam Brownback’s office, to the competition between upstart House staffers and established Senate offices racing to design an immigration bill, the arc builds to the true story of the last great immigration legislative battles, led by Senator Ted Kennedy, of 2006 and 2007.
Note: If you make it to the film on May 12, you’ might even get to rub elbows with the filmmakers at the opening reception. Check out the film schedule to decide which parts sound most interesting to you, and don’t forget to buy tickets – at $7 a show, it’s a steal!
But that’s not the only film event going on. At CAP Headquarters on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 PM, Reform Immigration FOR America campaign and Brave New Foundation are hosting a screening of “In Their Boots: Second Battle,” which will be followed by a panel discussion on immigrants in the military with Richard Ray Perez, the executive producer of the film, Louis Caldera, a senior fellow at CAP and a local veteran.
Here’s the synopsis: The wives of two U.S. service members cannot stay in the country their husbands proudly served — and in one case died for. Check it out here.