Nov 18 2021


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Artspace Las Madres de Berks and Santuario Screening

November 18, 6:30pm 

Join us for back-to-back screenings of Las Madres de Berks and Santuario followed by a talkback with filmmakers Michelle Angela Ortiz and Pilar Timpane. They will be joined with Juana Luz Tobar Ortega and Lesvi Molina, both featured in the film Santuario.

Las Madres de Berks amplifies the stories of families affected by detention and deportation in Pennsylvania. “Las Madres de Berks” documentary shares the testimonials of four mothers that were detained for 2 years with their children at The Berks County Residential Center, a family prison in Pennsylvania. The documentary also features public art installations that Ortiz created based on the Berks mother’s stories that were unveiled in Harrisburg during a statewide action against family detention led by community partner, the Shut Down Berks Coalition.

Santuario features the story of Juana Luz Tobar Ortega who came to the United States 24 years ago as an asylum seeker from Guatemala. In April of 2017, she was told without warning that she had 30 days to leave the country or be deported. 2017 marked a time when non-criminal deportations like Juana’s skyrocketed. This documentary follows Juana’s journey through a broken system as she leans into her steadfast faith.