Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Screening of "Estamos Aquí: We Are Here," with Filmmaker, November 14

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Sociology and Anthropology, theC.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and the League of Women Voters of Kent County will present a screening of "Estamos Aquí: We Are Here," with an introduction by filmmaker Sharon Baker, at the Norman James Theatre on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m.

"Estamos Aquí" reveals the humanity behind the headlines of one of the most important issues facing the United States. The story of one community in a changing nation, this poignant documentary film explores the evolving social, political and economic landscape of Georgetown, Delaware. This small, traditionally white community is home to the largest poultry-producing county in the nation, and is in need of a growing labor force.

As the United States experiences the largest immigration wave in its history, this rural farming community becomes home to thousands of predominantly Guatemalan immigrants, fleeing from the aftermath of a brutal civil war and escalating poverty in their homeland in search of opportunity and employment. Their struggles, and those of the community at large, shed light on the challenges facing millions of Latin Americans who have come to this country in search of the American Dream. An intimate portrait develops of a close-knit community united by faith, endurance, and hope for the future.

Norman James Theatre is located in William Smith Hall. A question-and-answer session with "Estamos Aquí" director Baker will follow the screening. Admission is free and open to the public.

November 13, 2007

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