On Monday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in SB 1606, Dordt University’s Social Work Department will host a documentary screening of “Border of Dreams: An Immigration Documentary” in collaboration with Northwestern College. A panel discussion will be held after the documentary.
To register for the event, visit https://borderofdreamssc.splashthat.com/.
“Border of Dreams” tells the story of two families who tried to cross the Mexico-U.S. border. One made it, while the other did not. Mardequo split up his young family and tried to cross into America as he sought security and happiness. He did not make it but feels like he must try again even though his wife doesn’t want him to. Abel also tried to cross into America but, unlike Mardequo, he made it, bringing his family with him. Yet he dreams of returning to his home.
Professor of Social Work Dr. Erin Olson says that immigration continues to be a debated issue, especially as we move toward a new presidential election season.
“Many of us have neighbors and friends who have immigration stories, and this documentary should pique our curiosity and help us be empathetic about those stories and experiences,” she says. “This documentary will hopefully give students a fresh new perspective on the experiences of people who are seeking to come to the United States and the challenges they face.”
The documentary can help viewers realize that “the ‘issue’ is really about the people—people with hopes and dreams for themselves and their families, just like all of us,” adds Olson. “I also hope those who attend will leave with a passion to share what they’ve felt and learned with others, so that together we can work to change the narrative around immigration and see the image-bearers.”
About Dordt University
As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by the Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.