Nazareth College event focuses on immigration debate - Catholic Courier

Nazareth College event focuses on immigration debate

PITTSFORD — Nazareth College will host the screening of a documentary and discussion about the plight of migrant workers later this month.

Director Angelo Mancuso will introduce the film, “American Harvest,” which follows migrant workers — with documents and without — and the farmers caught in the middle of the current immigration debate. Mancuso and his crew traveled 15,000 miles to more than a dozen states and Mexico.

According to the movie’s Web site,, the film highlights the flaws and inconsistencies of the current federal immigration laws. The documentary won an honorable mention at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival last spring.

The April 14 event is cosponsored by the Nazareth College’s multicultural-affairs office, the Diocese of Rochester’s Parish Support Ministries and diocesan Catholic Charities.

Bernard Grizard, director of Parish Support Ministries, said his department’s multicultural offices and Nazareth’s multicultural-affairs office have been working together for the past several years to promote and develop programs to enhance cultural diversity, including workshops, speakers and a multicultural convocation that was held in 2005.

“This particular program is another example of our collaboration,” he said.

Nazareth is also offering a course about the relationship between Mexico and the United States that will include discussion of the border through analysis of cultural artifacts from the two countries, according to information from Professor Hilda Chac√≥n who will teach the course. Nazareth students who enroll in “Border Cultures: Mexico and the U.S.A,” will also have the opportunity to understand a Mexican students’ perspective through a course blog.

According to additional information from Nazareth officials, Mancuso’s film brings a balanced perspective to the immigration debate and its effects on the agriculture industry.

“In light of the way Hollywood often produces movies that push an agenda, I felt it important to shed a truthful light on these issues and encourage a rational and reasonable debate including respect for the American farmer and the need for comprehensive immigration reform,” Mancuso said in a statement.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Nazareth’s Linehan Chapel in the Golisano Academic Center. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

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