Documentaries on the Refugee Crisis

By David Johanssen

Migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa and the Middle East have presented European leaders with a great challenge that could fracture the European Union. Many of the refugees are fleeing poverty-stricken homelands or war-torn countries and are seeking economic opportunity and asylum within the EU. The phrase “European refugee crisis” became widely used in April, when five boats carrying almost 2,000 migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people. Since 2000, more than 30,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe.

Documentary and Discussion
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen
Fri, Dec 4, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Europe or Die
Sat, Dec 5, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Spirits of the Jaguar: The Fifth World of the Aztecs
Tue, Dec 8, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Dec 8, 7:30pm
50 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
The Genius of Nikola Tesla
Wed, Dec 9, 5pm

50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion

Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA

Fri, Dec 11, 5pm

50 pesos

All events at Shelter Theater

Vicente Guerrero 4

154 7524


Join us Saturday, December 5, at 5pm as we present Europe or Die, a two-part documentary featuring Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave as well as Trapped in Bulgaria about the large numbers of undocumented immigrants from the Middle East crossing through Turkey and into Bulgaria and Greece every month. After the documentary, we will discuss the European refugee crisis in light of the recent Paris attacks. 50 pesos.

On Wednesday, December 9, at 5pm we will present The Genius of Nikola Tesla and will examine the life and work of Nikola Tesla, a man who many claim was a scientific genius. Was Tesla’s research into alternative energy sources a target of a conspiracy between the scientific establishment and government? 50 pesos.

Join us for a documentary and discussion on plutocracy in the United States, Tuesday, December 11, at 5pm when Shelter Theater presents Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA. Income inequality has become a key hot-button issue in the modern day political spectrum. While economic and class divides seem more pronounced than ever, the long and painful journey toward achieving worker rights and fair wages has been marked by violence, discrimination, and inhumane exploitation. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardin down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Taxi service available. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We welcome proposals for activities and events!


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