The Open Society Foundations, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, and the Washington Office on Latin America present a screening and discussion of the documentary María en tierra de nadie ("Maria in No Man’s Land").
The film documents the dangerous journey Central American migrants face traversing Mexico in an attempt to reach to the United States. In recent years, reports of unchecked violence and brutality against migrants by criminal gangs and corrupt officials have grown—including rape, torture, extortion, kidnapping, and disappearance.
In making this documentary, a team of six journalists and filmographers rode with migrants on the tops of trains and slept in migrant shelters. They documented testimony from migrants themselves, including three women whose heart-wrenching stories shed light on the thousands of kidnappings, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and torture suffered by migrants who travel across Mexico each year with the hopes of reaching a brighter future in the United States.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Executive Director Fabián Sánchez Matus of i(dh)eas, an NGO focused on human rights and migration issues that co-produced the documentary.
The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Light refreshments will be provided.