SBCC Reads 2010 comes to a close

As we finalize activities for the current Community Reading project — Enrique’s Journey — we are grateful for the interested students and faculty who are reading the book and to all who have come to the library to participate in the events we co-sponsored.

If you got a free book from the library, “recycle” it by bringing it back for another reader when you are finished! Thanks!
You can learn about the book, the author, the people discussed in the book and what has happened after the book was published at Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother by Sonia Nazario.
Are you interested in films? There are several excellent documentary and feature films related to the issues raised in the book. Descriptions and trailers are listed here:


ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY: Related Films
El Norte / The North
“Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than “brazos fuertes” (“strong arms”, i.e., manual laborers) and organizing in an effort to improve their lot in life, are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, a brother and sister, teenagers who just barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to “El Norte” (“the North”, i.e., the USA). After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling through Mexico, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants. Written by Ed Cannon {ecannon@mail.utexas.edu}” view the movie TRAILER:
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Sin Nombre
“Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman, Sayra (Paulina Gaytan), joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with a teenaged Mexican gang member, El Casper (Edgar M. Flores), who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past and elude his unforgiving former associates. Together they must rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey towards the hope of new lives. “[Internet Movie Database] view the movie TRAILER.
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La Misma Luna/Under the Same Moon
“The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy’s journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonso stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferreraof ABC’s Ugly Betty, Under the Same Moon premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. – Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide”
view the movie TRAILER

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Which Way Home
“Each year, thousands of Latin American migrants travel hundreds of miles to the United States, with many making their way on the tops of freight trains. Roughly five percent of those traveling alone are children. As the United States continues to debate immigration reform, this documentary looks at the issue through the eyes of children who face the harrowing journey with enormous courage and resourcefulness. [UCSB Reads 2010 homepage] view the movie TRAILER