Elms College will host a screening of two documentary films that illuminate immigration issues: "The Invisibles" and "Ellis." The films will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Veritas Auditorium; this event is free and open to the public.

Immigration Documentary Film Screening

The films "The Invisibles" and "Ellis" will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Veritas Auditorium.

Elms College to Screen Documentaries About Immigration Issues

Elms College will host a screening of two documentary films that illuminate immigration issues: "The Invisibles" and "Ellis." The films will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Veritas Auditorium; this event is free and open to the public.

Directed by Marc Silver and Gael García Bernal, and produced in partnership with Amnesty International, “The Invisibles” (2010) tells the story of thousands of migrants per year who are kidnapped, raped and sometimes murdered in Mexico. Driven by grinding poverty and insecurity back home, they travel through Mexico in hope of reaching America and a better life, but their dreams often turn into nightmares. This film exposes the truth behind one of the most dangerous journeys in the world and reveals the untold stories of the people who make the journey north through Mexico.

“The Mexican authorities must protect migrants in our country. The law must protect us all, whether nationals or foreigners. It’s essential Mexico sets a good example in the way it treats migrants,” Bernal said.

The second film, “Ellis” (2015), was directed by the artist JR and stars Robert De Niro. It brings to life countless immigrants whose pursuit of a new life led them to the now-shuttered Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. Ellis Island was the gateway to hope for millions of immigrants entering the United States in the early 20th century, but many travelers who arrived on the island were denied access and hospitalized for illness or fatigue.

After the hospital opened in 1902, approximately 1.2 million people passed through it. The Statue of Liberty can be seen from the windows, but the patients languished in a sort of purgatory awaiting their fate. Many were never discharged.

"The Invisibles" will be screened first, followed by “Ellis.”

This event is sponsored by Javier Venturi of the Elms College Spanish program, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Jennifer Sanchez, director of the Gateway Program at Springfield Technical Community College; and Maria Zayas-Bonilla, academic counselor for STCC's LLAVE Students (Latino Leaders Valuable Education. For more information, contact Javier Venturi of Elms College at venturij@elms.edu.