Friday night I went over to the FedEx Global Education Center on campus to watch Pueblos Hermanos/Brother Towns. It’s a documentary about the relationship between two towns. One is Jupiter, Florida, the other is Jacaltenango in Guatemala. Many residents from Jacaltenango have immigrated to Jupiter, Florida to find work in order to provide for their families in Guatemala. It was truly heart breaking.
The documentary spoke with family members who were in both towns about how much they suffered. The suffering came from being separated from wives, husbands, children, parents, and siblings but also from the hunger and lack resources in Jacaltenango. The town of Jupiter is fairly divided about feelings surrounding the influx of undocumented immigrants. The town created a center for workers to go seeking day labor. People from the community who need help around their homes will come to the center, El Sol, to find workers. El Sol also offers English classes and other resources for the Latino community. The documentary also showed protesters across the street and interviewed them.
I went with a friend of mind and other Latino graduate students and enjoyed the conversation after the documentary. The conversation continued on as we went out later that night to listen to music and hang out at Jessee’s and Milltown in Carrboro. Being able to connect with students about something I’m excited about is incredibly encouraging.