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.
The 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
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
More information is available from
Dr. Debra Cornelius at firstname.lastname@example.org or 477-1777.