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The Migrant Crisis: Walk With Us

By Dennis Lanson

The migrant crisis through the eyes of Pastor Ignacio Martinez, the founder of ABBA safehouse in Celaya, “It’s not about us – it’s about the dignity of our brother ‘travellers”.

It started when Ignacio and his family took food to migrants jumping freight trains Some were sick, there was nowhere to wash or sleep. So he founded ABBA, where they can rest, receive food and medical and psychological help . The film shows the gap between President Trump calling migrants “rapists and criminals” – and the sad reality. Most are escaping abject poverty and gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala . Their governments – backed by the US for decades, – are enmeshed in endemic corruption The migrants’ dreams of a better life in the USA have been met by tear gas at the border—and cages for those who make it through.

They are part of a worldwide crisis – 68 million migrants are on the move. The ravages of climate change will create millions more. Yet nations refuse them.

In this world of nationalism and xenophobia, Ignacio’s work is vitally important

“They are people like us, with rights and dreams of a better life, and hoping to create opportunities for their children.”

Co-Director Dennis Lanson will be present to discuss the film. His work has appeared on PBS and at numerous film festivals. He is currently making a film about a Newfoundland town struggling with the effects of climate change, produced Gringolandia, and has made many documentaries about place and work.

Co-Director Judy Jackson’s life was threatened many times as she made films documenting dictatorship, torture, and disappearance around the world for the BBC, CBC and others.

Stan Allen will also be present and talk about working with ABBA.



The Migrant Crisis:

Walk With Us

Wed, Aug 7, 6pm


Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 50A

150 pesos



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