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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

JUNTA to screen 'La Americana'

NEW HAVEN - JUNTA for Progressive Action will screen the film "La Americana" at 6: 30 p.m. May 19 at Criterion Cinemas in New Haven.

The screening "will help put a human face on the issue of immigration and immigration reform in America," the organization said in a statement.

The screening includes a Q & A with the film’s producer/director Nicholas Bruckman, who has worked on independent, corporate and non-profit documentary projects in South America, Asia and the Middle East.

"La Americana" is an "intimate documentary following an undocumented immigrant's journey from Bolivia to New York City and back, as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter," the statement said. "Her unforgettable story is woven into the current immigration crisis in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue."

"'La Americana' takes its viewers on an international journey following the personal and political tragedy faced by one undocumented immigrant in New York City. The story begins several years ago, in the poorest country of South America," the statement said.

The film was produced by The People's Television. It was the Official Selection - National Geographic All Roads Film ProjectWinner, Best Documentary- HBO/NY International Latino Film FestivalWinner, Best Documentary- Urbanworld Film Festival, the statement said.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

JUNTA is the oldest Latino non-profit organization in New Haven. Its "mission is to provide services, programs and advocacy that improve the social, political and economic conditions of the Latino community in Greater New Haven, while nurturing and promoting its cultural traditions as it builds bridges with other communities," the statement said.

JUNTA serves more than 5,000 individuals a year and provides direct services and advocacy in the areas of Adult Education, Economic Development, Immigrant Rights, Cultural Awareness, Legal Advocacy, Family Management and Youth Services.

Editor's note: The information in this post was provided by JUNTA

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