On Thursday: Student films on Westchester immigrants to premiere at Jacob Burns
I’m a little surprised that we don’t see more movies about immigration, given the built-in drama of the journey that every immigrant goes through. For that reason and many others, I’m looking forward to the premiere on Thursday of three mini-documentaries about Latino immigrants in Westchester County.
The films, “Ana,” “Marco” and “Martha,” are portraits of three individuals. They were filmed by nine college students who took part in the World Crew ‘08 summer program at Jacob Burns Film Center. I met the group last summer when they were starting out on the project, and I’m expecting great things. The screening is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m. at Jacob Burns.
Here are a few photos from the project as it was being filmed. Ana Lopez, a social worker with the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, is the subject of one film. It describes her work organizing Latina immigrant housekeepers in Sleepy Hollow.
The other two are about an Ecuadorian landscaping contractor from Ossining and a Mexican-American teen-ager adjusting to life in the United States.
The documentaries will eventually be available for download on the Jacob Burns web site. You can learn more about the World Crew program here. Below is a clip about last year’s production, “Shooting for Peace.”
(Photos: Courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center)