Visual Artist, Michelle Angela Ortiz will be screening her 30 minute documentary, “Las Madres de Berks”, as part of her "Familias Separadas" public art project which amplifies the stories of families affected by detention and deportation in Pennsylvania. The screenings will take place in Reading, Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Harrisburg.
“Las Madres de Berks” documentary shares the testimonials of four mothers that were detained for 2 years with their children at The Berks County Residential Center, a family prison in Pennsylvania. The documentary also features the artworks that Ortiz created based on the Berks mother's stories that were unveiled in Harrisburg during a statewide action against family detention led by her community partner, the Shut Down Berks Coalition. Each screening will be followed by a talkback to learn ways to take action to end family detention.
The screenings are made possible with support by The Fleischner Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The Free Migration Project, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.