"Welcome Strangers" Film Screening & Talkback
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Audience: Alumni, Current Student, Faculty, Families, Neighbor or Friend, Prospective Student, Staff
January 20, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m. MST
Every night at 6 p.m., detained immigrants are legally released from an ICE facility in Aurora, Colorado onto unfriendly, industrial streets. Most of the men and women are asylum-seekers. They have little idea where they are and have nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
"Welcome Strangers" is an award-winning 21-minute documentary that tells the story of Sarah Jackson, a young woman who searches the streets for these immigrants and invites them into her home. She is assisted by Oliver, the lead host, who left separatist violence in West Cameroon in hopes of bringing his family a better life, and hundreds of volunteers as they provide hospitality and help to reunite the guests with their families.
As part of the CAHSS-Casa de Paz Learning Community, DU students are among those many volunteers that assist immigrants on their journeys home by taking classes on immigration and working in service-learning partnership with Casa. Join us as we screen the film and engage in a talkback with Sarah Jackson, founder and executive director of Casa de Paz, and Dia Sokol Savage, producer and director of “Welcome Strangers.” Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Escobedo will moderate the evening as part of a community series on the social justice work happening in DU's Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal & Creative Arts.