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TUFF Film Screening: “La Bestia”

August 3, 2015

Join Texans United for Families for a screening and talk-back about U.S. immigration policy, foreign policy and why people migrate

WHAT: Screening of La Bestia

WHO: Texans United for Families

WHEN: Thursday, August 13. Doors at 7:30 p.m., film starts at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texans United for Families invites you to join us for a screening of La Bestia and an interactive discussion about why people migrate and what it means for us in Austin.  

TUFF, came together during the fight to end family detention at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center, just north of Austin. Today, TUFF is a grassroots, all-volunteer-driven project. TUFF members fight back against immigrant detention and deportation close to home — in Austin, Travis County and across Texas. In response to the influx of Central American families and children seeking refuge at the border, the Obama Administration announced the return of family detention in 2014. TUFF is currently fighting back to end this inhumane practice.

About La Bestia:

For close to two decades, thousands of Central American migrants have lost their dreams, limbs and even their lives trying to illegally cross Mexico. Crossing Mexico is the insurmountable challenge that faces all those whose only goal is to reach the United States. The nightmare begins the moment they step onto Mexican soil. Here they must jump on to a cargo train known simply as La Bestia or The Beast , an agonizing journey from which there is no way back, a travesty comparable only to hell itself.  In order to film this documentary the filmmakers rode alongside these Central American migrants for two weeks, braving the journey with those fighting for a better life. La Bestia , a heart breaking film by Pedro Ultreras and Hiram Gonzalez, showcases the determination of the human spirit and the unquenchable thirst for something more.

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