November 8, 2018
Free Speech TV to Host Special Benefit Screening and Filmmaker Talkback for A Day Without a Mexican
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free Speech TV Contact:
Mary Jo Baker | 303.542.4819 | [email protected]
DENVER, November 7, 2018 — On Tuesday, November 13, Free Speech TV will host a special benefit screening of Sergio Arau’s satirical film A Day Without a Mexican at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Sloans Lake. The screening and open-forum discussion following the film aims to initiate a much-needed local conversation about the real people and lives impacted by this country’s current brutal, dehumanizing immigration policies. Immediately following the screening, director Sergio Arau and star Yareli Arizmendi, who co-wrote the film together, will join local activists for a discussion and audience Q&A.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. MT, and the film begins at 6:30 p.m. The screening and discussion are both open to the public. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Sloans Lake is located at 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204.
Advance tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at freespeech.org/ADWAM or by calling 303.542.4813. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door on the night of the event for $20.
Proceeds from the evening will be shared between Free Speech TV and Casa de Paz, a local nonprofit that offers housing, meals, and support to families torn apart by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and those held in immigration detention centers.
Sarah Jackson, founder of Casa de Paz, and Rudy Gonzales, executive director of Servicios de la Raza, will join the filmmakers in a discussion that tackles the current “zero tolerance” policy implemented by U.S. immigration forces, which separates parents from their children as they seek asylum in the U.S. According to The Washington Post, more than 2,600 children — including more than 100 under the age of four — have been detained by U.S. customs and immigration officials, with many placed in detention camps, unable to communicate with family members and loved ones. According to the ACLU, as of mid-October, more than 250 children are still separated from the adults with whom they traveled to the U.S. seeking asylum. Child psychologists, humanitarian activists, and experts have agreed that such forced separation can have long-lasting emotional and developmental consequences for all involved.
A Day Without a Mexican tells the story of California waking up to find that one third of its population has disappeared. As the day goes by, it is discovered that the characteristic that links the 14 million who disappeared is their Hispanic background. The film offers a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in the state of California suddenly disappearing. It also shows the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California’s economy, law enforcement, and education systems — and the resulting social unrest from their sudden disappearance.
About Free Speech TV
Free Speech TV is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to media networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, Free Speech TV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage.
Free Speech TV reaches more than 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), Sling TV, and over 150 community cable affiliates. Free Speech TV streams live 24/7 at freespeech.org, is available on-demand and streaming on Roku and Apple TV, and maintains an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Free Speech TV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.
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