Step Into the Story is a community outreach and educational event designed to explore the powerful stories behind the issue of immigration to get beyond the strident and divisive tone of the polarizing political debate. Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in the U.S. This summer represents a critical time in the movement to pass compassionate and just immigration reform to address this crisis.

Each evening event will include a screening of three short films followed by a filmmaker Q&A and discussion that offers background information about the issue, explores current proposals for political and economic solutions, and offers ways for people to become involved locally.

Step into the immigrant story and join us for these informative and inspiring films.

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www.thedreamisnow.org
The Dream is Now
A new documentary by Academy Award-winning director, Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth), “The Dream is Now” gives voice to the stories of the undocumented children of immigrants, the “Dreamers”, who are desperate to earn their citizenship and give back to the only country they’ve ever called “home”. The film goes beyond the personal to place these stories in a larger context of comprehensive immigration reform and explores the consequences of continuing our current policies and maintaining the status quo. Erika Andiola, one of the “Dreamers” featured in the film will be present for the Q&A following the film.


www.thefencefilm.com
The Fence
In October 2006, the U.S. government decided to build a fence along its troubled 2000+ mile border with Mexico. Three years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, tens of thousands of tons of metal and concrete, and $3 billions later, was it all worth it? Border security is a key component of comprehensive immigration reform. “The Fence”, is a compelling and provocative look at the stories of construction workers, ranchers, border security agents, immigrants, and self-appointed militiamen involved in this controversial project. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Ethel and Robert F Kennedy.


www.cargocollective.com/charlenemusic
The Old Immigrant's Dance
Set in the 30th Street Senior Center against the backdrop of San Francisco (a city settled by immigrants), “Old Immigrant’s Dance” (“Danza del Viejo Inmigrante”) looks at the unique challenges and opportunities facing elderly immigrants in the United States. It is also a film infused with the passion of dance, moments of enduring sweetness, and the compelling stories of sacrifice and devotion of four families. Directed by Stanford graduate and award-winning filmmaker, Charlene Music., who will be present for the Q&A following the film.

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Colorado Springs- Colorado College
Friday, August 2nd
Dinner & Round Table Discussion
Benjamin's "Benji's" Cafe
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5pm - 6:30pm
The Immigrant Story through the Bible. Dinner and a Panel Discussion for pastors, ministry leaders, and others interested in the biblical and theological perspectives on immigration.

Friday, August 2nd
The Immigrant Story through film
Packard Hall
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7pm - 9:30pm
The Immigrant Story through Film. Screening of three short films (“The Dream is Now”, “The Fence”, and “Old Immigrant’s Dance”) followed by a filmmaker Q&A and discussion.

Featured Guests:
Erika Andiola- featured in "The Dream is Now"
Charlene Music- producer of "The Old Immigrant's Dance"

Denver- Aspen Grove Community Church:
FREE (register at the door)

Saturday, August 3rd
The Immigrant Story through film
Aspen Grove Community Church
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7:00pm - 9:30pm
The Immigrant Story through Film. Screening of three short films (“The Dream is Now”, “The Fence”, and “Old Immigrant’s Dance”) followed by a filmmaker Q&A and discussion.

Featured Guests:
Erika Andiola- featured in "The Dream is Now"
Charlene Music- producer of "The Old Immigrant's Dance"

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SPECIAL PROMOTION! All tickets are 2 for 1 until July 30th

Colorado Springs:
Colorado Springs Event Pass (includes dinner, discussion, & film event): $25 |

Dinner & Discussion only (no films/filmmaker Q&A): $20 |

Film Event (includes filmmaker Q&A): $10 General Admission; $5 Students/Seniors |

Denver:
Film Event (includes filmmaker Q&A): FREE (register at the door)

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Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in the U.S. This summer will represent a critical time in the movement to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Members of the Senate and House will debate S.744, a.k.a. the “Border, Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” introduced on April 17th by the so-called Senate Gang of Eight. Proposals will be introduced on the left and the right to amend the bill. The public will be bombarded by ads from both extremes attacking the bill and pieces that don’t fit their ideology. And, meanwhile more than 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants will continue to live in uncertainty and fear. It will be a challenge to pass a bi-partisan bill that represents a comprehensive fix to our broken immigration system. But this is also a historic time in the US which offers us the opportunity for community outreach, education, awareness of the presence of undocumented immigrants living in our communities, bridge-building between various factions, and a realistic hope for change.

Colorado is a strategic state in this national debate. It is a state that does not easily fit into the red state/blue state divide. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is one of the co-sponsors of S.744. There is a significant immigrant population in Colorado that contributes to the overall health of our state and all of the concerns about immigration reform are present here. Over the past year and a half numerous groups from the business, law enforcement, civic, and faith communities across the state have been coming together to find common ground and solutions which address the concerns of all of these groups.

Since early 2012, the Colorado Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), under the direction of Michelle Warren, and in partnership with the broad coalition of leaders from the national organization has been working to create more awareness and mobilize the churches and ministries in our communities to support immigration reform. This group represents a segment of the population that is typically more conservative or uninvolved in political solutions, but is often motivated for religious and humanitarian reasons to be very engaged to help those on the margins. The EIT principles for just and compassionate immigration reform include the following:

•Respects the God-given dignity of every person
•Protects the unity of the immediate family
•Respects the rule of law
•Guarantees secure national borders
•Ensures fairness to taxpayers
•Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents


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