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Living for 32 
40 minutes
Director: Kevin Breslin
Year: 2010
Country: USA

Thu 12:20 pm RUSH , Fri 6:20 PM RUSH , Sat 3:20 pm RUSH

In April of 2007, 32 students died and 17 were wounded in Blacksburg, Virginia during a shooting at Virginia Tech University. Their lives had collided with that of a tortured loner, whom a judge had written was "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization, and presents an imminent danger to self or others as a result of mental illness." One of those wounded was a 21-year-old International Studies major, Colin Goddard who was shot four times. After recovering from injuries and finishing his degree, he knew he had to do something to keep dangerous people from having easy access to deadly weapons. Colin volunteered for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation’s largest gun control organization. He went undercover with a hidden camera into gun shows across America, to prove how easy it is for anyone to buy a gun—with no identification, no background check, and just a wad of cash. This is the inspirational story of one young man transforming tragedy into an opportunity for positive change. [adult content]

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Sin País (Without Country) 
20 minutes
Director: Theo Rigby
Year: 2010
Country: Guatemala/USA

Sin País (Without Country)__Trailer from Theo Rigby on Vimeo.

By exploring one family's complex and emotional journey involving deportation, we get beyond the partisan politics and mainstream media's approach to immigration issues. Nearly twenty years ago, Sam and Elida Mejia left Guatemala during a violent civil war and brought their one-year old son, Gilbert, to California. The Mejias settled in the Bay Area, worked multiple jobs to support their family, paid their taxes, and saved enough money to buy a home. They had two more children, Helen and Dulce, who are both U.S. citizens. Two years ago, immigration agents stormed the Mejia's house looking for someone who didn't live there. Sam, Elida, and Gilbert were all undocumented and became deeply entangled in the U.S. immigration system. After a passionate fight to keep the family together, Sam and Elida were deported and took Dulce with them back to Guatemala. With intimate access and striking imagery, the film explores the complexities of the Mejia’s new reality of a separated family. [subtitles]

The Fence 
36 minutes
Director: Rory Kennedy
Year: 2010
Country: USA

The Fence - Excerpt 1 from Robert Schaufelberger on Vimeo.

It is estimated that as many as 500,000 undocumented immigrants cross into the U.S. every year. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration responded to the enormous political pressure to close what was seen as a dangerously open door with a seemingly simple solution: a fence dividing the U.S. from its neighbor to the south. The fence was constructed at a cost of over $3 billion, a figure that continues to spiral upward with maintenance and repairs. The film features candid interviews with voices from both sides of the immigration controversy—Border Patrol guards, ranchers, Minutemen and environmentalists. Using humor to highlight the sometimes stark contrast between fact and political opinion, the film is a far-reaching and moving analysis of the financial, human and environmental costs the fence brings with it wherever it stands. [subtitles]
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