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Film event at APSU examines immigrant experience

6/27/2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In observance of Immigrant Heritage Month, the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center and Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (H.O.P.E.) will host a watch party of “Documented,” a film by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (located in Clement 120). The film tells Vargas’ personal story of outing himself as an undocumented immigrant, as well as his journey from the Philippines to America as a child; as an immigration reform activist; and his reconnection with his mother in the Philippines.

In April, the APSU Hispanic Cultural Center will celebrate 10 years of promoting Hispanic culture, including the Spanish language and 20 Latin American countries and Spain. The center has partnered with HOPE to host the film screening during Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative organized by the non-profit Welcome.us.

During Immigrant Heritage Month, individuals are encouraged to share their family’s heritage story of when they came to the United States. 

“Listening to friends and strangers’ heritage story has been a very powerful experience,” Daisy Torres, APSU Hispanic Cultural Center coordinator, said.

You can follow people’s story on social media through the hashtag #WelcomeUs. The non-profit Welcome.us established Immigrant Heritage Month in order to honor the ways in which America and the immigrants are linked in a shared, productive story. Vargas has shared his story in the film “Documented,” which will air on CNN at 8 p.m. His story is only one of 11 million immigrant stories.

For more information about the film “Documented” or Immigrant Heritage Month, visit the center’s website at www.apsu.edu/hcc or facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/APSU.HCC.  Please pre-register by emailing hcc@apsu.edu or by phone at 931-221-6645.