Winter Peace Retreat at St. Mary of Providence Center
  Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Church
February 9-11, 2018 (Friday-Sunday)

Videos and Saturday Afternoon Conversation

Friday Night Saturday Afternoon Optional Adult Program Other Videos



Friday Night Short Videos
  • Immigrants for Sale (2011, 3 min.)
    Cuentame (Tell me) made a documentary exposing how American prison industries exploit immigrants. After pushing for harsh laws and long prison sentences, the massive prison-industrial complex makes massive profits at great expense to taxpayers. Cuentame, first aired in 2001 and is the longest prime time Spanish TV drama series, made this documentary.
  • The Price of Immigration (2011, 6 min.)
    This Bread for the World video weaves the story of a single broader analysis of immigration's economic impact. The economic benefits immigrants bring to their host society are a major emphasis, along with the suffering that often accompanies their "difficult, dirty, and dangerous" work.


Saturday Afternoon Videos

    The following videos and discussion options will be scheduled during Saturday afternoon "free time" at the retreat. Please Note: Due to the sensitive nature of these documentaries, parental discretion is strongly advised. There are instances of violence, graphic talk and frank discussions that may not be appropriate for certain age groups. Please keep young children away during the viewing of these films. Thank you.

  • Lost in Detention (2012, 54 min.)
    A full-length PBS production that documents U.S. law enforcement's efforts to deport 400,000 undocumented migrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) nominally targets criminals but actually deporting far more than the actual number of serious violators. Lost in Detention follows the tragic story of U.S. policy grossly violating its stated goals and principles, driven by the corporate interests that run detention facilities. Thanks to unprecedented access to the inside of detention facilities, it also documents the resulting terrible suffering of ordinary immigrants. Note: Although this film was released in 2012, deportation and detainment of undocumented migrants continues at an alarming rate today with no relief in sight.
  • The Other Side of Immigration (2009, 55 min.)
    A full-length documentary exploring the causes and effects of immigration, emphasizing the immigrant perspective and experience. The Other Side of Immigration explains the underlying economic causes of poverty and suffering in Mexico and the results.
  • In My Shoes: Pedro Gonzalez (2011, 8 min.)
    MCC produced this video, which tells the life story of an MCC worker who immigrated to the U.S. without documentation. The powerful tale shows how Pedro grew and changed in the U.S., raised his family, and became a part of his community, helping internal refugees fleeing hurricane Katrina.

Saturday Afternoon: Immigration Public Policy - Letters to Congress
Details to be announced - but see, for example:

  • Tell Congress to support a "clean" DREAM Act
  • DREAM Act and TPS (Temporary Protective Status).
  • Pennsylvania Legislation related to Immigrant Rights:
    • Senate Bill 10 withholds all state grant funding from local governments that do not follow any law, mandate, request, or order from federal immigration authorities.
    • Senate Bill 133 will repeal Act 38 of 2012, which prohibits Pennsylvania from participating in the federal Real ID Act of 2005, and will create a two ID system to allow consumers to choose a driver's license or non-driving identification card that is not compliant with Real ID.
Videos to Watch at Home
  • The Visitor (2007, 93 min.)
    A disillusioned professor is surprised to find two undocumented immigrants living in his apartment he maintains. The three become friends, while the professor learns about their lives and finds meaning in a drum circle that one of the immigrants participates in. When one of the migrants is arrested and threatened with deportation, the professor shares in the pain of his crisis.
    For The Visitor, McCarthy won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, while Richard Jenkins was nominated for Best Actor in the 2009 Academy Awards.
    See an extended review here, and view on Netflix or purchase DVD here.
  • See links to other immigration videos (including free video clips) here.