May 26, 2024

LAS ABOGADAS: Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis – a benefit to pay for the new 16′ screen!

Showing: Wednesday, May 24, 8:00 PM
Title: Las Abogadas: Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis
Year: 2022
Country: USA
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For a group of extraordinary women who practice immigration law, the refugee crisis is a call to action they can’t ignore.

LAS ABOGADAS follows a group of immigration attorneys over a multi-year odyssey as the U.S. Government under President Trump upends every law meant to protect those fleeing from persecution, violence and war. USA, 2022, 60 minutes.

If you have been in the theater at the Nyack Center in the last year you are no doubt aware that the screen that was installed in 2005 had come to the end of its days – and maybe heard us say that a new screen and rolling mechanism would cost $13,000 (which ultimately became $16,000). We did get a beautiful new screen, and now we need to pay for it without jeopardizing the current programs of Rivertown Film or those of the Nyack Center, whose services support – among others – immigrant communities such as those shown in Las Abogadas.

PLEASE HELP US. The screen at the Nyack Center is a community resource unlike anything that can be found in Rockland County. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to pay for it, URGENTLY. Purchase a ticket, take part in our raffle, make a donation to our screen fund or become a sponsor.

From setting up a legal clinic in a Volkswagen bus in the middle of five thousand desperate migrants, to forcing border guards to follow the law and accept a blind woman into U.S. custody, to crossing the border to counsel African migrants stuck in Tijuana, to standing up to human traffickers in a makeshift refugee camp along the Mexican side of the border, to giving legal advice in the brutally hot Mexican sun to families desperate to see American soil — we watch our characters’ surreal journeys to try and help.

In their own narration, we hear how each woman came to do the work they do. With archival footage, we see their own personal stories of migration and their desire to give others the same opportunities.