Human Rights Cinema Hosts Free Film Screening

Posted: September 16, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

By Aisha Jamil

The Immigration and Human Rights Cinema (IHRC), a joint project of Unity in the Community and University Life on Mason’s Prince William Campus, will hold its first film screening of “Lost Souls” (Animas Perdidas) on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Occoquan Building’s Verizon Auditorium.

“Lost Souls,” an emotional story about the journey of a military veteran who was deported to Mexico from the United States, explores national identity and the lives of deported immigrants sent to a homeland they don’t consider home.

Filmmaker Monika Navarro documents the life of her uncle, who struggles every day to survive in his hometown in Mexico. Her interviews, research and findings lead her to discover some dark secrets about her family’s past and how they have survived despite many setbacks.

IHRC will also hold other film screenings throughout the semester:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19: “Climate Refugees” – A story about people who are displaced around the world due to climatically induced environmental disasters.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16: “Call + Response” – A film that explores human slavery around the world.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: “Paper Clips” – A documentary featuring middle school students in Tennessee studying the Holocaust and building a memorial to honor those deceased.

The films are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Tanya Ballestrini at or see the Facebook page.

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