The Iowa City Public Library will screen two documentaries about immigration in Iowa in September.
“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” tells the story of the 11 bodies found inside a locked fright car in October of 2002. Part crime story, part immigration perspective, “Train to Nowhere” offers an honest and compassionate look at the deaths of undocumented immigrants, taking viewers from the streets of southern Texas to the hills of a Guatemalan farm to Denison, the small Iowa town where the bodies were discovered.
“A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa” drew hundreds of viewers when it premiered in Perry and Des Moines October of 2006. The 55-minute film explores the significant change that began in Perry in the early 1990s when the complexion of a once predominantly white community shifted dramatically when an influx of Latino workers moved in to work at the local meat packing plant.
“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 4.
“A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa” will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Both documentaries will air at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
This presentation is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. The documentaries are free and open to the public.