The ACLU hosted this screening because Participant Media, one of the film's producers, has launched a consciousness-raising campaign around the film, taking on one of the ACLU's most poorly understood issues: the rights of immigrants.
If you don't know much about ICE's detention and deportation polices, director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) provides the basics in The Visitor. The film bridges the gap between "them" and "us" with such sweet grace that it can be a great conversation-starter, judging from Wednesday lively Coolidge Corner discussion.
Bostonians can take advantage of a second free screening and discussion on Wednesday, April 16, at Boston's Regal Fenway at 7 p.m. (To make sure you are assured of a seat, email email@example.com, call 617 425 8930 or just plan to be there early.)
So plan to visit The Visitor on April 16 - and then work with us to restore fairness and humanity to our immigration system.