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Film Tue Apr 13 2010
The upcoming Chicago Latino Film Festival is going to be filled with great works from around the world, but one of the most anticipated Chicago debuts will be very local. Esaú Meléndez, a local filmmaker, is making waves with his documentary Immigrant Nation: A Battle for the Dream. He is excited to make the films local debut after recently winning the Cine Latino Award at the 2010 DC International Film Fest.
It all started when Esaú found himself moved by what he experienced on March 10 2006, this is when thousands of people marched in Chicago for immigrant rights. Esaú was disappointed in the media coverage of, not only the marches, but the media's coverage of the entire movement. As he filmed and followed the movement in Chicago and around the United States Esaú met many people, all with their own story about how they were effected. He talked to people that were part of the Minute Men, a paramilitary group hell bent to keep foreigners out of the US, as well as the undocumented and their supporters.
Immigrant Nation follows the story of Elvira Arellano, who took refuge in a local church when the government was trying her as a criminal for being an undocumented worker. You will be able to see Esau's film during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at the Landmark Century Center on Sunday, April 18 at 4pm; Friday, April 23 at 9:45pm and Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30pm.
Find out more about the film and where else it will be showing at immigrantnationfilm.com.