(Español) The Long Ride is a timely documentary about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers. Nearly 1,000 immigrants and allies traveled across America to focus attention on the plight of immigrants and call for reform of the broken immigration system. They were inspired by the Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders who risked their lives fighting to end segregation. (77 minutes)
"The weaving of the many stories told by those who took part in the ride provides a unique, passionate and powerful lens via which to view the present state of our country’s immigration debate."
- Aldo Bello, Festival Director, Immigration Film Fest
“This important and exciting film shows the power of social movements for immigrant rights, civil rights, and labor rights joining together to fight for the human rights of immigrant workers in the U.S."
- Risa Lieberwitz, Professor, Labor Relations, Law & History, Cornell University
Iturri Zarra, Belandia
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Basque Country Premiere
Iturri Zarra, Belandia
The Long Ride is available for public performance screenings, educational institutions (colleges, libraries, museums, non-profit organizations, unions, faith, etc.) and for personal home use. English and Spanish subtitled versions included. DVD, Blu-ray and .MOV
Shalom Ireland is a documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish community. The film chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions. From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland's War of Independence to smuggling Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine, the film tells the story of Irish Jews involved in the creation and development of both Ireland and Israel. (59 minutes)
"...an absorbing and irresistible documentary....This is history made endlessly fascinating."
- The Sacramento Bee
"... a memorable, lyrical portrait of a people at a crossroads...thorough and captivating..."
- The Wild Geese Today
Broadcasted on RTÉ, Ireland's national t.v. network and screened at more than 150 events around the world.
Hidden Diamonds is a museum exhibition that tells a social history of Jewish life in 19th Century Waterford, Ireland. It features Jacob and Fanny Diamond Lappin, the great-grandparents of Shalom Ireland Director Valerie Lapin Ganley. The couple's wedding was the first Jewish nuptials held in Waterford, and the inspiration for the film. The Diamond-Lappin family story was first presented in conjunction with the Waterford Institute of Technology's (WIT) presentation of
Representations of Jews in Irish Literature in 2017. WIT Librarian Kieran Cronin and Valerie collaborated to create the Hidden Diamonds museum panels which were first presented to a full house crowd at the 2017 Los Gatos Irish Arts & Writers Festival event Jews in Irish Life and Literature. The program included a Shalom Ireland clip screening; Representations of Jews in Irish Literature; book and poetry readings; and a panel discussion. Hidden Diamonds returned to the 2018 Festival where the Diamond Lappin Family was featured in Kieran's talk Paws for Thought: New Leads on Genealogy. Additional panels are in development.
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