Documentaries to be shown at 2019 AM

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Trails of Hope and Terror, screenplay written by Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, will be shown Saturday, 5:45 pm, and Sunday, 8 am in meeting room Rose.  The documentary is 53 minutes long.

Shown with the permission of DLT Creative Productions LLC.

The website offers this description of the film:

 Trails of Hope and Terror is a 53-minute documentary that ends with the stories of two teenage girls, Sandra and Josseline.  One encounters the border (La Frontera) by accident, and the other on purpose. But their journeys, along with the others we hear about in the film, began hundreds of years ago, as complicated political and economic strategies set up a vast system from which there is little hope of escape.

Manifest Destiny, the Mexican-American War, Gun-Boat Diplomacy, Banana Republics, NAFTA, Operation Gatekeeper. . . all of these political events led up to a system of “prevention through deterrence.”  In other words, if people were forced to cross a desert in where they were likely to die, then they might think twice about the risks.

The fact is, no one was deterred.  In Trails of Hope and Terror, we will hear stories about the people whose families needed them. At the time, they felt it was the right thing to do.  So they crossed anyway.

The screenplay was written by Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, author of several books on immigration.  The film attempts to explain why they come. Special care was taken so as not to speak for the undocumented as if they were objects, but rather, to provide a space for them to speak for themselves, and for allies to speak in solidarity with them. 

The Short Films of Elizabeth Lo, a collection of six short films (5 to 9 minutes each) will be shown Saturday, 5:45 pm, and Sunday, 8 am in meeting room Paddock.

The films are being shown with the permission of The Video Project.

The website offers this description of the films:

A remarkable talent in the documentary arena, Elizabeth Lo’s moving films highlight American societies’ overlooked communities as they navigate the increasing states of inequality. Often forgotten, or even subjugated, by official institutions, Lo’s sharp eye captures subjects young and old across the social spectrum, their communities, and the often makeshift solutions to these urgent public issues.

Hotel 22, 9 min — An early morning bus route serves as an ad-hoc shelter for Palo Alto’s homeless.

Bisonhead, 9 min — A family of Ponderai Native Americans attempt to exercise their treaty rights of a traditional bison hunt under the constraints placed on them by the government.

Mother’s Day (co-directed with R. J. Lozada), 8 min — A powerful portrait of a charity-run service that buses children to visit their imprisoned mothers explores the impact of mass-incarceration on a generation of youth.

Notes from Buena Vista, 9 min — In the shadows of wealth-collecting Silicon Valley, the area’s last working-class mobile home park faces an existential crisis.

Treasure Island (co-directed with Melissa Langer), 7 minutes — Follows the children of families housed in San Francisco’s public housing units, located on a former naval base still teeming with nuclear waste.

Last Stop in Santa Rosa, 5 minutes — Lo’s first film profiles the Bright Haven animal hospice in Santa Rosa and raises questions about the common practice of euthanasia for pets.