Borderlands Community Film Series: Mas alla de la frontera/Beyond the Border


Thu, 11/17/2011 - 18:00 to 20:00

Mas alla de la frontera/Beyond the Border


A Free Screening
And Q&A with producer Eren McGinnis

6pm Thursday, November 17th
El Pueblo Neighborhood Center Room 1-C (Irvington and S. 6th Ave)
Includes Snacks and Refrescos!

Over the past decade, thousands of Latinos seeking better possibilities have begun migrating to Midwestern states like Kentucky, with its low-paying jobs in the tobacco, manufacturing and horseracing industries. But as these Latino communities have swelled, so too has the xenophobia and discrimination facing them.

Beyond the Border, follows the immigrant experience with Marcelo Ayala, who leaves his family on a risky journey to the United States. We begin to understand his decision to leave Mexico with the insights of his brothers, who before him, have each made the same journey. Horacio Ayala, has been in the US for a couple of years. He yearns to return to Mexico. Juan, the anchor of the brothers, has managed to realize his dream of a family and stable job in the United States, all the while missing the joy of being with his family in Mexico. Gonzalo, the oldest, has seen his life unravel, with broken marriages, jail time and a constant battle with alcoholism.

Beyond the Border rounds out immigration’s effect on family in Marcelo’s home town of Michoacan, Mexico. Marcial and Carmen, his parents, still toil for what little money they can earn in the depressed economy. The sisters Lupe and Carmen, would like to immigrate to the US, but have remained behind with their Mexican husbands. Finally, Elena, the youngest, dreams of an education, to gain income for the family.

Part of the Borderland Film Series Sponsored by the:
Arizona Humanities Council, Consulado de Mexico en Tucson,
UA Hanson Film Institute and the Center for Latin American Studies

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