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    Duquesne’s ‘Power and Privation’ Series: Crossing Arizona

    Crossing Arizona, a film that reveals the impasse among Americans up in arms and on all sides of the issue of immigration, and a Congress locked in political battle, will be the fourth film in the Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series Power and Privation.

    The Rev. Daniele Vallecorsa, chaplain of the Latino Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, will speak before the screening.

    Crossing Arizona is about the heightened security that has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers. Most are in search of work, but, increasingly, they are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. The film examines this crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it, focusing on ranchers who continuously have to repair cut fences and pick up trash that endangers livestock and livelihood, humanitarian groups who place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives, and farmers who depend on illegal workforce and face every day with the fear that they may lose their workers to Border Patrol sweeps, among others.

    Power and Privation will continue through Feb. 23, showing how people who have courage, ingenuity and perseverance can obtain justice, despite power opposition. The film series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

    When: Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

    Where: Room 105 of College Hall on the Duquesne campus


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