PHOENIX — A new movie about Arizona’s battle over immigration premieres Friday night in Phoenix.
The movie “Our Vision, Our Voice, One Arizona” shows the Hispanic community’s version of the battle over Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law.
Alejandra Gomez is the executive director of Living United for Change. She said the controversy led many Hispanics who had been just living their daily lives to instead register to vote and become more politically active. She said that is reflected in the latest statistics on the number of Hispanics who are now registered to vote.
“Going from in 2008, when we were 6 percent of the electorate voting, now that the Latino community (as of 2014) is 17 percent of the electorate,” Gomez said. “(The movie) is also telling the story of the community. The demographics are changing in this country and in Arizona. It’s not politics as usual anymore. It’s the politics of the people.”
The movie’s producer, Pita Juarez, said that with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio being involved in recent court battles over his immigration roundups, and now facing a challenge in the upcoming election, it’s no coincidence that the film is being released now.
“This man was bullet proof, and now we’ve seen that his wings have clipped,” said Juarez. “That is a consequence of the hard and amazing work that all of these people (in Hispanic groups) have been continuously doing. It also showcases the election year, and how important Latino voters are to this.”
The movie premieres with a free showing Friday at 7 p.m. at Club Downtown, 702 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix. For more information click here.
You can see scenes from the movie here.