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United Methodist Task Force Promotes Award-Winning Film on Immigration

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New York, NY, June 22, 2009--Made in LA is an Emmy award-winning film on the three-year experience of three immigrant women who stood up to exploitation in Los Angeles sweatshops making clothing for a trendy clothing retailer.

The United Methodist Task Force on Immigration has endorsed the powerful documentary for viewing by congregations as a means of introducing and promoting dialogue on issues of immigration and justice in the United States. The task force has also prepared a study guide and other educational materials for use in relation to local showings. For online material, click Made in LA Study Guide.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño of Phoenix, Arizona, chair of the task force, says that the story in the film "beautifully illustrates the courage, perseverance, and strength that these women show daily in caring for their families, contributing to their communities, organizing to overcome exploitation, and building a life that is both inspiring and challenging."

The immigration panel led by Bishop Carcaño was authorized by The United Methodist Church's policy-making General Conference in April 2008. It has four episcopal members and representatives from 16 agencies and organizations of the denomination.

The Film

Made in LA, produced by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, was first shown in June 2007 at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland, and then screened in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Shown on PBS on Labor Day 2007, the following Fall it won the Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story--Long Form." It has won numerous other awards and received widespread praise from film and television critics.

The film explores the campaign of Guadalupe "Lupe" Hernandez, Maura Colorado, and María Pineda to stand up to exploitation in the workplace and to deal with the implications of the label "undocumented." A synopsis of Made in LA can be found in the online study material and also on the internet at

Information on ordering single copies of the Made in LA DVD is online at A guide for organizing a community showing is at as well as in the information below. Note: To be sure that these screenings can be tracked, please enter the words "United Methodist" in the "Order Notes" box (just below the billing & shipping address) when you place your order.

The story moves from exploitation to empowerment. "In the end, these women discover the power of their collective voice as they stand together in unity against exploitation," Bishop Carcaño, who leads the Desert Southwest Area of the denomination, states in an introduction to the study materials.

"After watching Made in LA, I know you and your church will be inspired to join in the movement for comprehensive immigration reform," the bishop writes in the introduction.

The Study Guide

The United Methodist online study guide consists of five sections (which can be read or downloaded separately or as a single document.) If you don't have Adobe Reader ™ installed on your computer, download it free at

The material from the Made in LA study guide is designed to help local congregations and other groups plan and hold special showings. It contains information on how to obtain a screening kit and provides a timeline for promoting a showing.

The section "For Further Study by United Methodists" includes the full texts of two resolutions on immigration adopted last year by the United Methodist General Conference along with study questions. The two are "Welcoming Immigrants to the United States" and "Global Immigration and the Quest for Justice."

Bishop Carcaño expressed the hope that United Methodists will use Made in LA and "mobilize your Bible study groups, Christian education classes, youth, women's and men's organizations, campus ministries, and your entire church to advocate for just and humane immigration reform. Such reform will bless all of us."

Immigration JusticeLearn more about the United Methodist response to immigration policy and refugees across the globe at

The United Methodist Task Force on Immigration

Organized during the 2005-2008 quadrennium, the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration was reauthorized by the 2008 General Conference as a panel to promote collaboration on immigration issues among the various expressions of the denominations, including its general agencies. It served as a common table for the drafting of the two immigration resolutions adopted last year.

In addition to Bishop Carcaño, members from the Council of Bishops are:

  • Bishop John Innis, Liberia Annual Conference
  • Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Germany Central Conference
  • Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa Area.

Participating agencies and organizations are:

  • General Board of Church and Society
  • General Board of Discipleship
  • General Board of Global Ministries
  • General Commission on Christian Unity & Interreligious Concerns
  • General Commission on Finance and Administration
  • General Commission on Religion and Race
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • United Methodist Communications
  • United Methodist Women
  • Black Methodists for Church Renewal
  • Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action
  • National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries
  • Native American International Caucus
  • National Federation of Asian American United Methodists
  • Pacific Islanders National Caucus United Methodist.


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Topic: Advocacy GBGM news Human rights Immigration Justice Resolutions of the UMC Women Mission studies
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Date posted: Jun 22, 2009