Film Director To Screen Oscar-nominated Documentary
The feature documentary “Which Way Home” didn’t win an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards. Nonetheless, the film that follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the United States on a freight train received critical acclaim as one of five Oscar nominees.
Film Director Rebecca Cammisa will screen the documentary during a special showing at Alma College at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the Remick Heritage Center. Following the showing, Cammisa and field producer/translator and Alma College faculty member Stephany Slaughter will answer questions from the audience.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The film tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a 10-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center. It also focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family.
The campus showing is part of Alma College’s Women’s Month program. All events are free and open to the public. Other events are listed below.
March 17-18/The Clotheslines Project, a visual display that bears witness to the many forms of violence perpetrated against women and children, is presented from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 and 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 18 in the Dow Science Center Lobby at Alma College.
March 18/Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar and Women’s Month keynote speaker Catharine MacKinnon discusses “Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18 in the Dow Science Center Room L-1 at Alma College. MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, specializes in sex equality issues under international and constitutional law.
March 24/Shannon Garrett, a 1994 Alma College graduate and the regional director of The White House Project, presents “Engaging Women in Leadership Roles and the Political Process” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in the Swanson Academic Center Room 110 at Alma College. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Women’s Resource Center and Alma College Women’s Issues Advisory Board. The White House Project is a nonpartisan organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors. Garrett also speaks during a noon luncheon in Gratiot Medical Center’s Wilcox Auditorium.
March 26/Alma College sponsors the annual Take Back the Night rally beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 in the McIntyre Mall. The event, part of the College’s Women’s Month celebration, protests against rape and other forms of violence against women.
Posted: Tue, March 9th, 2010 at 2:11PM