Sponsored by the Labor Center, AFSCME, & the UC Berkeley Multicultural Immigrant Student Program
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00pm
UC Berkeley, Le Conte Hall
Followed by panel discussion
October 5, 2017 at 6:30
The Los Gatos Lodge
50 Los Gatos/Saratoga Road
Los Gatos, CA
The story of Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley's great-grandparents, Jacob and Fanny Lappin, is featured in the Waterford Institute of Technology Representation of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition. The couple's wedding was the first Jewish wedding held in Waterford, Ireland and was the inspiration for Shalom Ireland.
The exhibition and film will be featured at the
Social issue documentary films that build cross cultural bridges
The Long Ride is a timely feature-length documentary about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the United States. Alarmed by increasing workplace abuses, more than 900 immigrants and allies traveled across America to focus public attention on the plight of immigrant workers and to call for reform of the broken immigration system. They were inspired by the 1961 Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders who risked their lives fighting to end segregation. The film chronicles their journey and the on-going fight for immigrant rights to this day including the progress and setbacks as immigrant rights activists seek justice for immigrants and push for passage of comprehensive immigration reform. With the Freedom Riders as our navigators, The Long Ride follows the action as events surrounding this controversial issue continue to unfold. The film puts a human face on the issue and examines the human costs as lawmakers consider overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
Shalom Ireland is a one-hour documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community. The one hour film chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions. From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland's War of Independence to smuggling fellow Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine, Shalom Ireland tells the untold story of how Irish Jews participated in the creation and development of both Ireland and Israel. The film aired on RTÉ, Ireland's national public broadcaster, and has screened at more than a hundred film festivals, community centers, universities and synagogues around the world.