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Documentary Film Premiere “Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey,” with director Lynn Stephen, followed by Q&A

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Opening event of the CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium: This documentary directed by Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor of CAS (Anthropology) and co-director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), explores the differential rights that U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents have through the story of one extended Zapotec family. Shot in Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico, and narrated by 11-year old Cinthya, the film follows Cinthya’s trip to her parent’s home community of Teotitlán del Valle with her godmother, anthropologist Lynn Stephen. There she meets her extended family and discovers her indigenous Zapotec and Mexican roots. While in Oaxaca, she participates in her community’s annual celebration of their patron saint, learns how to make chocolate and spin wool, explores a Zapotec archaeological site, and shares in a family party where she dances with her great-grandmother. Her absent parents are omnipresent on the trip as Cinthya’s cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents all talk to her about them and how they wish for their return. Cinthya’s happiness is modified by the sadness of her parents being unable to accompany her. At a larger level, Cinthya’s story illuminates the desires and struggles of the millions of families divided between the U.S. and other countries where children are mobile citizens and parents cannot leave. In English, Spanish, and Zapotec with English subtitles. TRT: 39 minutes.