UNM-LA Continues Documentary Film Festival On Ethnic Diversity In U.S. With ‘Kingdom of Shadows’

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell will screen the PBS film “Kingdom of Shadows” at noon Monday, April 2 in the Lecture Hall of Building 2.

In conjunction with her class AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity, Mitchell is screening three different PBS Point of View films; each provides an in-depth look at the lives of people outside of the stereotypical American norm.

Local community members are invited to attend the screenings and are welcome to stay for class discussions after the films.

Kingdom of Shadows investigates various consequences of the US-Mexico drug war. Director Bernardo Ruiz, whose Emmy®-nominated 2013 POV documentary “Reportero,” investigated the impact of drug-related violence on journalists, weaves together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in violence-scarred Monterrey, Mexico, and a former Texas smuggler.

The film reveals the human side of an often-misunderstood conflict. The distinct but interlocking experiences of these three individuals expose the dark corners of a human-rights crisis that has yet to be fully revealed. This documentary, which The New York Times called “unforgettable,” is sure to spark debate.

The film includes beautiful landscape footage, which offers a stunning contrast to the constant human misery underway along the border.

“Probably the most important point that we make in the film is that there are people like Sister Consuelo who labor invisibly in corners of Mexico, doing their work and pushing for reforms,” Director Ruiz said. (www.pbs.org/pov/kingdomofshadows/film-description/)

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