Free, public film screening and discussion examines impact on the lives of women in Guanajuato, Mexico

February 14, 2007

DEARBORN / Feb. 14, 2007---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a free, public screening and discussion of the documentary Milagros: Made in Mexico from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in Room 1030 of the campus’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters building.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with two of the filmmakers, Martina Guzman and Monique Velasquez.

The film, created by the group 4 Women in Film, looks at the impact on the lives of women in the Bajio region of Guanajuato, Mexico as male family members migrate north into the United States. The film explores the stories of homemakers who form new business cooperatives by using centuries-old traditions like weaving, embroidering and making cajeta, a confection of thickened syrup. Milagros, Spanish for “miracles,” are small gold or silver votive offerings to favorite saints in times of need or as thanks for prayers answered.

The film highlights themes such as how micro-enterprise endeavors are being implemented to fight poverty, and the major cultural changes taking place as the role of women in Mexico shifts.

The Milagros: Made in Mexico event is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program with the support of a King-Chavez-Parks visiting scholar grant from the Office of the Provost.

For more information, contact Prof. Suzanne Bergeron at 313-593-1391.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn