The Centers for Community Engagement and Multicultural Engagement invite you to a screening of "2501 Migrants: A Journey" and a Q&A with the filmmaker, Yolanda Cruz, Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Broome Library, Room 1320. "2501 Migrants" is a full-length documentary that explores questions of art and indigenous community in the context of global migration. Daily, thousands of primarily poor and young indigenous Mexicans abandon their native homes. They start voyages to the first world in search of jobs and the hope of a brighter future -- or, indeed, any economic future at all. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment.

"2501 Migrants" illustrates this through the true story of Alejandro Santiago, an artist from Oaxaca, Mexico. Alejandro returns home after a brief self-exile in France. But upon arrival to his native Teococuilco, he is struck by what he perceives as a virtual ghost town. Alejandro experiences, first hand, the reality that Oaxaca has emerged as one of Mexico's leading exporters of human labor to the United States. Inspired by this, he decides to create a monumental installation art piece: 2,501 life-size sculptures and homage to each individual migrant who left his village.

For additional information contact Pilar Pacheco, Associate Director Center for Community Engagement, at ext. 8851 or

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