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Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey

Immigration is a complex issue that is changing the face of cultures worldwide. In the United States, it is often a controversial issue with many social, economic, political and even religious implications. In the midst of the debate, what often gets lost are the human issues at stake.

"Dying to Live" is a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey. Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, theologians, Church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and the immigrants themselves, this film exposes the places of conflict, pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.

The film was produced by Fr. Daniel Groody, csc in collaboration with Groody River Films. The film has Spanish subtitles and also includes a discussion guide. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, visit our online store or submit an order form.

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Strangers No Longer

This documentary puts contemporary immigration in the context of American history and shows how Churches in the United States are welcoming new members from different cultures and backgrounds.

Strangers no Longer invites us to open our hearts and minds and identify with today's immigrants. It invites us to look into our past and notice the similarities that exist between ourselves and our ancestors when they came to this great land and those who are arriving now. We are made aware of the many global implications that cause people to migrate the the USA, including our need for more workers. It helps us to understand problems that exist with our current immigration system and underlines different solutions and activities that can be undertaken to fix what is broken. It reminds us of our moral responsibility to actively live our faith and our obligation to be a voice of change so that newcomers are strangers no longer.

The film was produced by Fr. Daniel Groody, csc in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Groody River Films. The film has Spanish subtitles and also includes a discussion guide. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, visit our online store or submit an order form.

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The Invisible Chapel

Award winning filmmaker, John Carlos Frey, together with Fr. Daniel Groody, csc of the University of Notre Dame capture an enduring story of true faith and perseverance pitted against the fear and heated debate on immigration in his latest documentary film entitled, The Invisible Chapel.

For over twenty years a migrant chapel remained invisible to the wealthy residents of a San Diego, California neighborhood. The chapel, made of concrete, tile and wood complete with benches for seating was nestled in a hidden canyon obscured from view by the cover of brushes and trees. Every Sunday parish volunteers provided humanitarian assistance and held a Church service for over one hundred impoverished agricultural, construction and service industry workers from Mexico. Some nearby neighbors, along with the San Diego Minutemen and a San Diego Radio Talk Show host clashed with the mostly undocumented immigrant congregation. The ensuing conflict forced the migrants and volunteers out of their sacred space of twenty years and ultimately caused the destruction of their place of worship.

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