"La Jaula de Oro" Screening
On Thursday, March 20, our evening started off pleasantly but was ultimately sobering at the Cleveland Film Festival, where we attended a showing of the film "La Jaula De Oro" (The Golden Dream). We had a good time at the reception at the Market Garden Brewery on West 25th Street where we got to visit with our friends from the International Services Center in Cleveland and from there we car-pooled to the screening at Tower City. Prior to the start of the film, the audience was addressed both by Karin Wishner, Executive Director of the International Services Center, and Chrissy Stonebraker, co-coordinator of the Interreligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), who talked about the what the film was about and what the audience should expect. As it turned out, "La Jaula De Oro" was a powerful, gripping film about three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who, along with a young Indian from Mexico, journey by land (via foot and train) to the United States where they all seek a better life. The journey is a very treacherous one as the young people struggle with a hostile terrain and some very dangerous people they encounter several times along the way. As the program notes stated, the story of these four people could be the story of many refugees and Ms. Wishner certainly was right when she said in her introduction that this film raises more questions than answers. After the film, no one really felt like talking too much as we walked to our cars due to the impact of the film that we just saw. But it was indeed an appropriate move by the IRTF, to pass out flyers at the screening titled "Toward a More Humanitarian Immigration Policy & Why It's So Important to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform".