Screening of “Under Arpaio” - October 25, 2012
Thursday, October 25 , 2012 | Eng 189 | 4-6 pm
“Under Arpaio”, Documentary by J.M. Aragón, Pan Left Productions
Co-Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center & Women’s Resource Center
Watch a trailer of the documentary
Under Arpaio shows the grassroots resistance to Maricopa County, Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio who prides himself on being the “toughest sheriff in America”. Arpaio prides himself on immigration raids on migrant and Latino neighborhoods, human rights violations in his jails and wasting hundreds of of millions of taxpayer dollars. Under Arpaio features the grassroots activists from low-income migrant communities, the attorneys, reporters, elected officials, and indigenous people who speak truth to power.
Producer/Director Jason Michael Aragón has lived his entire life along the U.S./Mexico border region and is familiar with the subversion of perspective and reality in the media toward Latinos and Southwest culture. He’s produced and directed several documentary videos in an attempt to bring forth those unrecognized perspectives and expose the social cost of U.S. immigration/border policy. In 2006 his documentary PRESENTE was a finalist in the Arizona International Film Festival. In 2008 his short Palestine En Solidaridad was accepted into SXSWclick Fest and the AFI Film Festival.
Mary Charlotte Thurtle is the Co-producer for Under Arpaio. As Executive Director of Pan Left Productions she has produced numerous documentaries including The Heart and the Monster: A Journey to Cananea and Directed and Produced Quince Años. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a M.A. in Organizational Studies from Prescott College.
Pan Left Productions is a non-profit, membership-driven collective of progressive artists. Since 1994, Pan Left has told the stories of those not equally represented in the mainstream media. Our mission is threefold: to create and distribute videos that educate and expose viewers to social, political and cultural issues; to promote do-it-yourself media and creative expression through video and other media arts; and to provide an outlet for creative, artistic expression and dialogue.
Under Arpaio is supported in part by the Ford Foundation through a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Fund for the Arts.