Felician Congregational Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Felician Congregational Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Video Resources


NOTE:   For additional videos or DVD’s look up “Blockbusters” and search for “Immigrant Life”.

Additional Titles from the JUSTFaith website:


When Did I See You Hungry? (about people around the globe who still live with leprosy)

In the Footsteps of Jesus Part 1

My Own Four Walls  

Portrait of a Radical (how Jesus challenged the status quo of his day)

Renewal (several short segments on various JP topics)

The Man Who Planted Trees  

Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey

The Business of Hunger

The Healing River

Roses in December

Mano con Mano: Stories of Solidarity

A Crisis of Faith

The Reign of God

Arms for the Poor



This comedy is about Rudy, who is caught in an INS sweep of illegal workers at a factory.  Without any ID, Rudy is unable to convince authorities that he is an American, and ends up deported to Mexico with no knowledge of Spanish and no idea how to get back home.  1982- 85 minutes



The struggle for fair and just working conditions in the United States has existed as long as there has been one group who would take advantage of the desperation and fear of another.  This is the story of two sisters who work as janitors.  As undocumented workers from Mexico, they endure hardships and abuses.  When a young man comes around attempting to unionize workers, the issue divides them – while dividing Maya and Rosa, as well. 2000 – 110 minutes



This film explores escalating tensions over illegal immigration at their epicenter – the Arizona / Sonora border.  Human rights, national security, class, and culture are explored through the personal experiences of the locals on both sides of the border in this balanced look at the issues. 2006 75 minutes English Spanish subtitles



A harrowing look at life amongst illegal immigrants and the immigration enforcement agents whose job it is to ensure that the U.S. Borders remain secure. Every day, a new batch of immigrants comes flooding into Los Angeles in search of the American dream – and every day the price of that dream rises exponentially.  As the desperation of these newcomers continually tests the humanity of Los Angeles immigration enforcement officers, the face of a 21st century L.A. gradually begins to take form. 2001 – 113 minutes



A community along the border Iran and Afghanistan becomes an uneasy refuge for a number of illegal aliens, with the dilemma of one 14-year old orphan providing the focus of the film.  Kaim is a boy who escaped from Afghanistan into Iran after his mother was killed during a bombing raid; his father, an Afghan solider, is still in the field and has not been heard from in months. Kaim has been taken in by Khale and Khan, a married couple who run a small café in the border town of Delbarn, where Kaim earns his keep by helping out.  Mahdabi is the chief of police in Delbaran, and he devotes much of his time to rounding up illegal immigrants, but given a steady stream of undocumented visitors who pass through the borders, there’s only so much he can do.  As Kaim struggles to avoid the authorities and hold on to the small share of stability he’s found with Khale and Khan, the couple discovers their business is in jeopardy when the construction of a new road threatens to route traffic away from the café. 2001 – 96 minutes



The Guatemalan army discovers Mayan Indian peasants who have begun to organize, hoping to rise above their label of “brazos fuertes” or “strong arms” (manual laborers). The army massacres their families and destroys their village to give the new recruits no choice but to follow and obey.  However, two teenage siblings survive and are determined to escape to the U.S. or El Norte.  They make their way to L.A. – uneducated, illegal immigrants, alone. 1983 – 140 minutes Spanish With English subtitles



This film that manages to tell the story of both poor and wealthy immigrants from Ireland.  While there was a distinct class separation when the two were in their homeland, upon reaching New York they were both despised as Irish.  This is a story of their quest for the American dream.1992 – 140 minutes



This film about a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent who turns vigilante and goes undercover to pursue those he sees as “undesirables” crossing the U.S. Border from Mexico.  Things go very wrong when he is caught in the midst of a Central American drug ring, surrounded by those he has hated.  But he begins to see the people as individuals with families and the desire for a sense of “home.” The most important lesson is, perhaps, that humanity knows no borders. 2002-103 minutes



A family living in poverty leaves behind the world they know in hope of finding new opportunities in this historical drama.  The Mancusos are a family struggling to make ends meat in a small farming community in Sicily in 1913.  Life has long been hard for the family, who has lived in the same village for generations, and one day they are visited by a man who claims to be from the United States.  The man tells them of the wonder and plenty of life in America, and offers to make it possible for them to travel to the New World and find work there.  The Mancusos cautiously accept the offer, but after a dangerous voyage aboard an ocean liner, the family arrives in New York to face a number of new challenges – the humiliating examination at Ellis Island, and abandoning their old lives and ways as they struggle to assimilate in a massive city that is now their home.  2006 – 118 minutes



A boy gets an early lesson in issues of politics, race, and violent activism in this drama from Belgium.  Justin is a boy living in Brussels with his father, Dieudonne, who, like Justin, is an illegal alien from Burundi.  While an attentive student, Justin also has a mischievous streak, and after tapping into a neighbor’s cable-television line in order to watch a football match, an angry neighbor threatens to report him to the police.  Dieudoone takes the threat seriously enough to clear out of his apartment and go underground, with Justin in tow; Dieudonne is soon captured by the authorities, but Justin finds refuge with Frans and Gerda, a pair of radical leftists sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants.  When they learn that Dieudonne has been deported to the Congo (where he never lived), Frans and Gerda hire a lawyer to fight the matter in court, but Justin considers more direct action when he finds a cache of explosives hidden at Fran’s place.  2004 -104 minutes



Irish parents who have lost their only son. Trying to run away from their grief, they move (illegally) to a junkie-infested apartment in New York City with their two daughters. 2002 -105 minutes



Traces three generations of Mexican immigrants. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, marry, faces deportation in the 1930’s.  Their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 50’s.  As the second generation becomes adults in the 60’s, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage, to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy’s journey to becoming a responsible parent. 1995 – 127 minutes



This film is about a European man on his way to New York when his homeland is overthrown in a coup.  He arrives at Kennedy airport as a man without a country, without a valid passport. 2004 – 129 minutes




Heartwarming story about a mother who leaves Mexico to make a home for herself and her son.  When the boy’s grandmother dies, leaving him alone, he sets off on his own to find his mother. 2002 – 110 minutes


Walter Vale is a lonely economics professor in Connecticut.  His life is changed forever – and for the better – when he finds a couple of illegals, who happen to be living in his New York apartment. 2007 – 103 minutes


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