JUNE 4, 2014


CWE Auditorium
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium
The City College of New York
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004


Director: Carmen Alarcon

Date Completed: 2011

Country: Guadaloupe
Film Category: Fiction
Length of Film: 80 minutes


It takes viewers in a journey through three countries, Mexico, the U.S. and Spain to explore the devotion to and symbolism of Mexico's patron saint. Alarcón follows the Guadalupe Torch Run, a marathon pilgrimage that thousands of faithful make annually rom mexico City to New York City. It's a journey that goes beyond faith and religion, for it highlights the perilous obstacles faced by Mexicans seeking better economic conditions in the U.S. to support their families back home. Many of these migrants remain hopeful for a reunion with their loved ones through their devotion to La Virgen de Guadalupe.


Carmen Elisa Alarcón Salvat is an American citizen born in Bogota, Colombia. She is a multimedia journalist with a degree in Literature from Andes University, in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a master degree in Journalism from the Journalism School at Columbia University.

Her reportages have been published in newspapers such as La Voz Latina, Savannah Morning News, The Southern Cross and The South Magazine in Savannah, Georgia; in New York El Diario-La Prensa and Catholic New York. Also, her video reportages have been presented on Fox Latino Online and Univision.

Currently, Alarcon lives in Bogota (Colombia), and is the producer of the Documentary 'Cocina inmigrante'  and contributes to Avianca Airlines Magazine.


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