November 1, 2010 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public
Parking available at the Durham Civic Center garage
Part of the Latin American Film Festival
Brother Towns (2010) is a story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, a coastal resort town where many Jacaltecos have settled in Florida. Brother Towns chronicles a story of how and why people migrate across borders, how people make and remake their communities when they travel thousands of miles from home, and how people maintain families despite their travel. Because we are all immigrants, this is a universal human story, and a quintessential American one.
Brother Towns is also a story of local and international controversy. News of undocumented immigrants is familiar in nearly every community across the U.S., and citizens must choose how they respond. Making the film was a collaborative effort involving citizens from two very different but interlinked communities.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Charlie Thompson.The Festival is produced by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, with participation from Guilford College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Durham Technical Community College, City of Durham Parks and Recreation, among other institutions.
2010-2011 Rights! Camera! Action! Human Rights Film Screening Series
This film series features documentaries about human rights themes that were award winners at the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Exploring issues as diverse as the justice system, immigration, refugees and rights and the environment, these exceptional works of art move us even as they pose tough questions about whose rights are protected and why. The films are archived at the Duke Library and are part of a rich and expanding collection of human rights materials. The film series is sponsored by the Library’s Archives for Human Rights, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).