El Sol Sale Para Todos, directed by Leticia Roa Nixon (ACG ’09, WOO ’04), Laura Deutch (ACG ’10), and Carlos Pascual Sanchez, Tuesday, July 5 at L’Etage on 6th and Bainbridge Street. Doors open at 6:00pm for a networking happy hour and the show starts at 7:30pm. A suggested donation of $5 is encouraged, however this event is a ‘pay as you will’ event. For more information, contact Caroline at email@example.com or 215-382-2579.
This documentary chronicles the rapid growth of the Mexican community in South Philadelphia, through the first hand experiences of the main subjects whose collective story is a journey of growth, assimilation, problems, resistance and efforts to organize. Participants in the film and members of Alianza will be on hand to discuss the issues and stories. Elisabeth Perez Luna, Executive Producer at WHYY, will lead the evening’s conversation and discussion.
El Sol Sale Para Todos is co-presented by Alianza, a newly formed alliance of non profit groups dedicated to educating the general public and the Latino community about policy initiatives that will impact immigrant communities in PA. Alianza member, Obed Orango, will speak to Alianza’s mission.
Members of Alianza include representatives from many local organizations such as:
The film attempts to break down stereotypes and can be used as a way to enter into the immigration debate. In a Q&A on May 6 at Ithaca College, Laura Deutch explained further why the film needs to be seen: “We wanted to show what it’s like for the first generation of an immigrant community to come to a new place and build a life. By now, the community is quite established, but it’s a history that many people do not know.. What’s happened in South Philadelphia is similar to what is taking place in many urban and rural towns throughout the US. Through the stories of the seven main characters, the film puts a human face on the struggles and complexity of migrating to make a better life for oneself and one’s family.”
The video is a companion to a book of oral histories, titled Acqui Estamos, documenting 20 diverse voices from the Mexican community. Copies of the full 52 minute DVD will be available for purchase for $10.