Director to discuss his film on immigration April 2 

The director of a film about immigration will discuss his movie Crossing Arizona following its screening April 2 at Shippensburg University. 

devivoThe screening and discussion, open to the public, begin at 7 p.m. in Orndorff Theatre in the Ceddia Union Building. Sponsors are the university’s Committee on Human Understanding, the General Education Committee and the sociology/anthropology department. 

Director Dan DeVivo will discuss his film that uncovers the roots and human consequences of U.S. policies on Mexican immigration, as well as showing all sides of the issue. It was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards.   

DeVivo, who has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard and was a Fulbright Fellow to Jordan, will lead a discussion about the complexities of immigration laws, including the current debate about a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country.  

The film tells the story of how the issue has progressed to where it is today Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers with an estimated 4,500 crossing daily. Most are Mexican men in search of work, but increasingly they are women and children seeking to reunite with their husbands and fathers. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security. 

More information is available from Dr. Debra Cornelius at or 477-1777.