Immigration documentaries share the realities faced by our newest neighbors
The Great Plains Conference’s Mercy & Justice team – together with Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska, Nebraska Appleseed and Kansas Appleseed – is inviting you to screenings of two immigration documentaries at different locations in our conference. The directors of the documentaries will be present.
‘Trails of Hope and Terror’
The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre will screen his documentary, “Trails of Hope and Terror,” which focuses on exploring the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis and how politicians have used this issue to garner votes. The film also explores how some communities of faith are responding to the crisis. The documentary is based on the book with the same name.
Ellin Jimmerson will screen the film “The Second Cooler,” which is a migrant justice documentary for English- and Spanish-speaking audiences that unravels why 12 million Latin American migrants are in the United States illegally and brings basic immigration issues into focus. Those issues include the impact of free trade agreements on migration, the lack of a legal way for poor Latin Americans to come to the United States, the inherent abuses of the guest worker program, the fact that many migrants are indigenous people, anti-immigrant politics, the reality of thousands of migrant deaths at the border and an escalating ideology of the border. The documentary raises the question: “Who benefits?” from illegal migration.
Jimmerson earned a master’s of arts in southern history from Samford University, a Ph. D. in U.S. history from the University of Houston, and a master’s of theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School with a concentration in Latin American liberation theology. She is minister to the community at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville. She writes, speaks and preaches on the intersection of history and faith and is a prominent advocate for undocumented migrants, guest workers, and domestic laborers. She is the author of numerous published essays and articles.
The documentary will be shown:
Thursday, May 7 – 7 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St., Omaha, Nebraska
Friday, May 8 – 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane, Lincoln, Nebraska
Saturday, May 9 – 2:30 p.m. at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Road, Topeka, Kansas, and at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Blvd., Leawood, Kansas.