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Second in Trilogy of Immigration Films to be Shown at Clarke

By Clarke News  |  February 16, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Luis Argueta will present his new film, ABRAZOS, the second in a trilogy of films on the issue of immigration, on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Jansen Music Hall at Clarke University in Dubuque. His first film, “abUSED, the Postville Raid” was presented at Clarke two years ago. ABRAZOS, Spanish for “hugs,” tells the story of U.S. citizen children from Worthington, Minn., who traveled to Guatemala to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings for the first time.  After being separated for nearly two decades, these families reunite and share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity. Because they were born in the U.S., children of undocumented parents are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as all Americans; many have grown up with the fear of being separated from their parents through parental deportation. There are 4.5 million U.S. citizen children who are living with at least one undocumented parent. Because they have never met their grandparents or other family members, they do not have a clear sense of who they are or of their heritage. ABRAZOS is the story of 14 of these children. “ABRAZOS touches the heart and puts a human face on the issue of immigration,” said Sister Mary McCauley, BVM, of Crossing Borders, Dubuque. “It’s clear and soul-stirring message has the power to transform hearts. In so doing, it has the potential to influence a change in current immigration policy.”  Following the 45-minute screening there will be an opportunity for questions and answer facilitated by Argueta. A small reception will follow. The screening is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to participate in a free-will offering to support future presentations of the film. A public screening will also be held March 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Clare House of the Sisters of St. Francis, 3340 Windsor Ave., in Dubuque. The film’s presentations are sponsored by: Clarke University, Archdiocese of Dubuque, the Sisters of Charity, BVM; Dominican Sisters – Sinsinawa, Wis.; Sisters of the Presentation, Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of the Visitation, Crossing Borders of Dubuque, Resurrection Catholic Church Social Justice Committee, and individual donors.