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Press Release: The Second Cooler

"The Second Cooler, a migrant justice documentary narrated by Martin Sheen, has been released. It currently is screening in film festivals across the US.  The New Mexico premier will screen in Albuquerque on February 14, 2014 at the Guild Theatre and February 15 at St Pius Auditorium in Rio Rancho.”

"The human rights documentary had its world premiere on March 8, 2013 at Chicago's Peace on Earth Film Festival where Director Ellin Jimmerson was awarded the Best Feature Documentary honor. It was an Official Selection of the Arizona International Film Festival in April. In June it premiered in California at the AMFM Fest in Cathedral City where it was awarded the prestigious Film 4 Change prize, the festival's top awards, as well as a special Humanitarian Award for Ellin Jimmerson. Its New York City premiere was in late June, 2013 at the Manhattan Film Festival where it was given the Film Heals Award.

The Second Cooler asks, "Who benefits?" from illegal immigration and brings major issues into sharp focus. The documentary was filmed in Alabama, Arizona, and Mexico in 2008 and 2112. It includes interviews with academics, lawyers, human rights specialists, migrants, and others who have expertise in illegal immigration issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The immediate purpose is to call attention to and stop the deaths of migrants at the US's heavily militarized border, deaths which number about 5,000. The documentary argues that the border was militarized in conjunction with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) whose signers understood at the time they signed it they were displacing millions of peasants in Mexico.

"Ellin Jimmerson, a long-time migrant advocate, has a Ph. D. in US history, is an ordained Baptist minister, and is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley over HB 56, Alabama's harsh anti-immigrant law. The Southern Poverty Law Center represents her. She will be in Albuquerque for the screenings and will be available for interviews.

 The New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice

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