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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 PM


Off Campus (see description)




Center for Latin American Studies



Arturo González Villaseñor, Mexico, 1h 30min, in Spanish with English subtitles.

The first film in a series about undocumented immigrants that will run February through June at locations around the south side. Each screening will feature a panel discussion. The screening is sponsored by South Side Projections, Contratiempo, and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.

A documentary that tells the stories of the women who live in La Patrona, a Mexican village that is situated by the tracks of a train from Central America that brings many migrants North to the U.S. The grueling journey includes hunger, thirst, fatigue and dangerous encounters with drug cartels, corrupt police officers and human traffickers. Coming to their aid are "Las Patronas,” a group of Mexican women who for 20 years have offered food, drink and care to migrants traveling northward on the freight train “La Bestia.” (The Beast). This intimate account of a tender and almost invisible phenomenon affirms the human kindness that one may feel for total strangers, as the immigrants go hurtling along on a fast-moving train to an unknown destiny.

La Catrina Café, 1011 W 18th St

Free and open to the public.

Post-screening discussion led by Marco Escalante.
The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. The discussion will be conducted in English, but we will have a translator present.