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The Other Side of Immigration

By David Johanssen

A caravan of more than a thousand immigrants from Central America has traveled through Mexico to the US border, setting off a Trump tweetstorm. Many of them, primarily from Honduras, are planning to enter the US illegally and either claim asylum status or attempt to cross the border undetected. The caravan was organized by a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Spanish for “People without Borders.”

Los Olvidados (English Subtitles)
Fri, May 18, 5pm
Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC)

Live Music/Variety
Open Mic
Tue, May 22, 7:30pm

Sin Nombre (English Subtitles)
Fri, May 25, 5pm

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Why do so many Central Americans risk their lives to come to the US? What happens to the families and communities they leave behind on the road to a better life? Would a change in immigrant policy open the floodgates or satisfy the demand for low-skilled labor while bringing hardworking people out of the shadows to give them basic human rights? You’ll want to have these questions answered!

Next Friday, May 25 at 5pm, Shelter presents the Sundance film festival award-winner for both cinematography and directing, Sin Nombre (The Nameless). The film tells of the adventure of a young Honduran woman hungering for a brighter future as she crosses Mexico to the United States. According to the Washington Post, “Sin Nombre is pure filmmaking: a great story told in beautiful images.” After the film, we will discuss the current immigration debate and the courageous immigrants who make the dangerous trip north.

Los Olvidados on Friday, May 18 at 5pm: the classic 1952 film that reinvigorated director Luis Buñuel’s career. A group of juvenile delinquents lives a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City. According to the New Yorker, “It’s a masterpiece that tangles individual and social ills into a knot, which, as we’re warned in an opening voice-over, it offers no easy way to untie, rousing a sickening sense of injustice.”

For the entire month of May, all events at Shelter Theater will be “Pay-What-You-Can” where you contribute whatever contribution you’d like to make to the theater in San Miguel. Come and enjoy classic films, documentaries, and concerts on screen at Shelter Theater for however much you choose to give to support the visual arts in our arts pueblo. Any contribution will, of course, also be used to help support our community events, bringing free family films and shows to our working-class neighborhood.

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! See our calendar at for dates and online tickets. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. We reserve the right to refuse service due to our limited handicapped access. Write for details.



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