Co-sponsored by the Darien High School Spanish Department.
Co-sponsored by the Darien High School Spanish Department.

Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. - LA BESTIA (2011) Documentary feature directed by Pedro Ultreras; Not Rated; 76 minutes; In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

This film screening is co-sponsored by the Darien High School Spanish Department. A discussion with the director will follow the screening. DHS Spanish teachers Tara Allen and Jennifer Degenhardt will facilitate the conversation.

For close to two decades, thousands of Central Americans have lost their dreams, limbs and lives trying to illegally cross Mexico hanging from cargo trains known as "The Beast." Mexico represents a great challenge for those whose only goal is to reach the northern border hoping to cross into the United States.

For Central-American migrants, Mexico has become a cross- less cemetery, an agonizing journey with no way back, a travesty comparable to hell itself. They travel thousands of miles to get to the Mexico-USA border. Exhausted from the journey, hunger and climatic conditions migrants often fall into the wheels of the trains. 'The Beast' as this mode of transportation has become known, is the most viable alternative when crossing a country filled with immigration checkpoints, thieves, Mexican mafia members and authorities who often rob them and kill them.

In order to film this documentary, Pedro Ultreras risked his own life by riding this cargo trains across Mexico with hundreds of Central American migrants for more than two weeks. The Beast is a heartbreaking film that shows the profound suffering of migrant workers attempting to cross Mexico.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).