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World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration is an AAA initiative designed to help change the public conversation about migration, immigration, and displacement. The special event will include the screening of "El mar la mar," a documentary on undocumented immigration to the US and a roundtable discussion with anthropologists and curators from the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and Towson University.
Over the last 20 years, the US border patrol is alleged to have retrieved 6,029 human remains from the arid terrain of the Sonoran desert that stretches across the US-Mexico border. The sun may have obliterated the bodies of thousands of others who have tried to enter the US through this treacherous stretch of desert before they were found.
"El mar la mar" shares the harrowing stories of individuals who attempt this journey. Filmmakers Joshua Bonnetta and JP Sniadecki spent almost three years documenting this hostile environment. They filmed the landscape, recording wildlife, and talking to border rangers, aid workers, and people-smugglers to put together a film that speaks to the devastating reality that many who set out to find a better life in the US never make it through.
5:00 -7:30 PM – Reception and Photo Gallery (cash bar and light refreshments available)
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Film: "El mar la mar" introductions from filmmaker JP Sniadecki
9:00 – 9:30 PM – Q&A with filmmaker JP Sniadecki and producer Jason DeLeon