JUNE 16, 2023 @ 7:00PM
Instituto Cervantes New York
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
ORIGINAL TITLE: Las Abogadas
DIRECTOR: Victoria Bruce
DATE COMPLETED: 2023
FILM CATEGORY: Documentary
LENGTH OF FILM: 90 min
PRODUCER: Laura Seltzer-Duny
PROTAGONISTS: Rebecca Eichler, Charlene D'Cruz, Jodi Goodwin, Mulu Alemayehu
LAS ABOGADAS follows a group of immigration attorneys over a multi-year odyssey as the U.S. Government under President Trump upends every law meant to protect those fleeing from persecution, violence and war. Protagonists include:
Rebecca Eichler, a retired attorney and first-generation American of Chinese and German descent currently living in central Mexico.
Charlene D’Cruz, who left India as a teenager to attend college in the U.S. and found she faced intense discrimination as a woman and immigrant, something that continues to this day.
Jodi Goodwin, a Texas-based mother of four who created the first sidewalk legal clinic as migrant families were bottlenecked in the blazing Mexican sun.
Mulu Alemayehu, an Ethiopian-American who came to the U.S. as a political refugee and fulfilled her dream of studying law to help others being persecuted.
Victoria Bruce is a Documentary Filmmaker and author with a passion for human rights and a long history of working on dramatic and sometimes dangerous non-fiction stories in Latin America. She has had her films in over 50 film festivals including IDFA and Sundance, and has had films acquired by HBO, CBS, History Channel, Netflix, Hulu and PBS. She is the recipient of many film festival awards as well as a duPont-Columbia University Award.