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.
The story of Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley's great-grandparents, Jacob and Fanny Diamond Lappin, was featured in a museum display during the Waterford Institute of Technology's presentation of Representations of Jews in Irish Literature, a traveling exhibition, in 2017. The couple's wedding was the first Jewish wedding held in Waterford, Ireland and was the inspiration for Shalom Ireland.
The 2017 Irish Writers' Festival in Los Gatos, California presented Jews in Irish Life and Literature, an event that included the Representations of Jews in Irish Literature Exhibition; Hidden Diamonds, a museum panel narrative about the Lappin/Diamond family that paints a social history picture of Jewish life in late 19th Century Waterford, Ireland; a screening of a clip from Shalom Ireland; book and poetry readings; and a panel discussion.
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.
#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle
in St. Louis Exhibit
Missouri History Museum and
Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates
The Long Ride
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00pm
5700 Lindell, St. Louis, MO