Summer Racial Justice Film Series: Home + Away Film Presentation and Conversation

Summer Racial Justice Film Series

This summer Lake Harriet United Methodist Church is continuing its exploration of faith and racial justice through the screening of videos meant to provoke reflection and discussion on the topic. Facilitated small group conversation will follow each screening and participants will be provided suggestions for next steps. Films will be shown in the Sanctuary of Lake Harriet UMC starting at 6:30p with a brief introduction. We anticipate finishing by 9:00p at the latest.


We invite you to join us. Please share this invitation with your family, friends, and neighbors.


NEXT SHOWING: Wednesday, August 15, 6:30-9:00p

Home + Away

 (directed by Matt Ogens)

LHUMC Sanctuary

Many of the students who attend Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, have an unusual commute to school: over the bridge and across the border that separates their school from their homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For many of these students, sports represent one possible route to a better life: Erik, a soccer player, dreams of playing professionally; Shyanne, one of the school’s best wrestlers, sees the Army as a way to get to college but begins to rethink her course in the current political climate; and Francisco, a hard throwing pitcher and third baseman whose father isn’t allowed into the United States, plays each game with that absence in the back of his mind.

Matt Ogens’ observational documentary follows each of these students as they navigate academics and athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife, during the their final years at Bowie. Note: The documentary includes re-enactments that depict violence. Viewer discretion is advised.