Film & Discussion | Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented
When: Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020: 6 – 8:30 pm
Where: Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Sparked by backlash to a neo-Nazi rally and a stream of strict anti-immigrant laws passing in Arizona, a group of activists organize to build Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a unique free clinic serving undocumented immigrants. This critically-acclaimed 2017 documentary, directed by Juan Freitez, follows their journey, delves into the heart and history of the clinic, and chronicles the poignant stories of undocumented patients as well as their courage and resilience. The film made waves after being named a “Must-See Movie” at the San Diego Latino Film Festival” in 2019 and has screened internationally as an official selection in the Global Peace Film Festival 2018, the Freedom Film Festival 2018 (Malaysia & Singapore), and the International Human Rights Film Festival of Valencia 2019.
A panel discussion will follow the film screening. Panelists include:
- Juan Freitez (Director), Venezuelan filmmaker and video journalist based in Michigan debuting this, his first feature length documentary. His documentary shorts have been featured by National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International’s The World, NBC News, The National Journal, and The Huffington Post. Juan founded Community Grassroots Media, which has produced documentary shorts highlighting myriad social and political issues in underrepresented communities. His work on Health Undocumented awarded him several grants including the highly competitive Artist Research and Development Grant from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. An immigrant himself, Freitez fundamentally understands the difficulties and discrimination facing this population.
- Spring Quiñones, Bilingual Outreach Worker at the Washtenaw Health Plan (WHP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Spring primarily focuses on doing outreach to the Latinx community to help them understand and obtain health care coverage, working to remove barriers and ensure that the Latinx population enjoys equal access to health care services. She is part of Health Equity Social Justice Committee and chairs the Spanish Healthcare Outreach Collaborative in Washtenaw County.
- Paul Fleming, Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Paul uses a community-based participatory approach to conduct research with community partners that examines how policies and discrimination contribute to poor physical and mental health outcomes among Latino immigrants in Michigan.
This 80-minute 2017 documentary film is unrated. This event is part of the 2020 Washtenaw Read. For more information about Washtenaw Reads and previous years’ reads, visit wread.org.