Trails of Hope and Terror

Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates is proud to sponsor the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony’s documentary showing of Trails of Hope and Terror. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church at 7:30PM on April 14th. Admission is FREE and will be followed by a Q&A session facilitated by the screenwriter, Dr. Miguel De La Torre.

About the Film:

“Trails of Hope and Terror” ends with the stories of teenagers Sandra and Josseline.  One encounters the border (La Frontera) by accident; the other on purpose. But their journeys, along with others in the film, began hundreds of years ago as complicated political and economic strategies set up a vast system from which there is little hope of escape. . . .these political events led up to a system of “prevention through deterrence.”  In other words, if people were forced to cross a desert where they were likely to die, they might think twice about the risks. The fact is, no one was deterred. “Trails of Hope and Terror” tells about the people whose families needed them. At the time, they felt it was the right thing to do.  So they crossed anyway.

About Dr. Miguel De La Torre:

Dr. Miguel De La Torre is an associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, a religious scholar, author, and ordained minister. From 1999 until his resignation in 2005, he taught Christian ethics at Hope College. Born in Cuba, he and his parents came to the U.S. as refugees when he was an infant. As a teenager, he started a real estate company in Miami, and then attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, for a master’s in divinity. He obtained a doctorate in social ethics from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1999. His work focuses on ethics in contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression, including commentary on Hispanic religiosity, Liberation theology, LGBT civil rights, and immigration rights. The award-winning documentary “Trails of Hope and Terror” to be shown on April 14, 2018, is concerned with immigration and immigration stories from the U.S. Southwest. De La Torre wrote the screenplay; his wife, Deborah, was the film’s producer and their son Vincent, the director.

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