MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 6:30 PM
King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South
Winner of the Best International Documentary Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival and the Chicago Film Festival, The Other Side of the Wall tells the story of Honduran teenagers Rocío and Ale, who are left with no choice but to play the role of both mother and father to their two younger siblings after their mother is sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison on questionable charges. As apprehensions about the future intensify, Ale must make the difficult decision between keeping the family together in Mexico or breaking them apart to cross the US border for work.
Screening to be followed by a Discussion on the Changing Roles of Borderlands, with Special Guest Daniel Mendiola, Faculty Fellow with the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, whose research focuses on borderlands, colonialism, and conquest, with Central America’s afro-indigenous Mosquito Confederation forming the principle topic of his dissertation and first book project. Additionally, Daniel’s research on borderlands has recently expanded into the national period, with a new project examining the formation and development of bordering regimes and restrictive immigration policies in the countries that emerged from New Spain. Moderated by WCPUN Executive Director / INDOCUMENTALES co-founder, Shamina de Gonzaga. RSVP
SANCTUARY (Andrea Cordoba, USA, 2019, 73 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)
MONDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2019, 6:30 PM
Winner of the Best Film Award and the Best Documentary Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival, the debut feature by Andrea Córdoba follows Amanda Morale who walked into a church in New York City not knowing when she would step outside again. The Guatemalan mother of three U.S.-born children is the first immigrant since President Trump took office to claim sanctuary in New York, publicly resisting her deportation within a space that ICE recognizes as protected. Sanctuary gains rare and intimate access to Amanda and her family as they fight to remain together and adapt to daily life inside a church.