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Film, lecture will focus on perils facing undocumented migrant workers

A film screening and associated lecture on undocumented migrants from Mexico will be held this month on campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mojados: Through the Night will be shown Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in room 171 of the Student Learning Center. Filmed over the course of 10 days, the documentary follows four men into
the world of illegal immigration. It covers a 120-mile cross-desert journey by four young ­migrants from Michoacan, Mexico.

Leading a discussion on the film will be John Chamblee, a post-doctoral researcher with the Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research Project and a research associate at the Arizona State Museum. Since 2003, he has been leading a small team of volunteers to create a comprehensive, computerized database and map system concerning water distribution patterns and migrant deaths.

On Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Student Learning Center room 148, the lecture “Death in the Desert: Border Enforcement, Immigration Policy and Migrant Deaths in Southern Arizona” will be presented by Chamblee and the Rev. Robin Hoover of Humane Borders Inc.

Hoover is pastor of Tucson First Christian Church and the founder and spokesperson for Humane Borders, a nonprofit organization that provides water to migrants crossing the desert.
The film and lecture are sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.