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Pittsburgh’s Immigrants Featured in Duquesne Professor’s Documentary

The documentary We Are All Immigrants, featuring generations of immigrants who share the pains and joy of settling in Pittsburgh, will premiere at the Sen. John Heinz History Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

The 30-minute documentary, which recounts the challenges immigrants from 10 different countries faced in coming to the city and immigrants' contributions to the region, was the work of film editor and videographer Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor in journalism and multimedia arts at Duquesne University, with interviews and narration by Lynn Cullen, local radio broadcaster.

The year-long project was undertaken by the PATH to Justice Committee of the Tri-Diocesan Sisters Leadership Conference, which represents 12 congregations of Catholic women in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The committee set out to tell the stories of immigrants "in their own words" and in the context of a common humanity. Several sisters participated in the project as interpreters and transcribers.

Woytek has led award-winning work spanning topics as diverse as Medjugorje and Negro Leagues star Josh Gibson. A New Kensington resident and an Erie native, he also has documented a trip to the Holy Land with Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Pittsburgh's Rodef Shalom Congregation. Most recently, his documentary Memory: A Holocaust Survivor's Story premiered at Duquesne earlier this month.

Light refreshments will be served at the screening and copies of the video will be available.

Following the program, History Center staff will provide guided tours of Angels of Mercy: Sisters in Healthcare in Western Pennsylvania, an exhibition highlighting the contributions of women religious to healthcare in this region.

The premiere is free but requires advance registration. Please RSVP by Friday, March 16, to Robyn at rgallentine@osfprov.org or Sister Jeanette at 724.869.2151, extension 6247.

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