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    "The Long Ride" Documentary by Valerie Lapin Ganley

    Community Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, 1/8/2019 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Export event

    Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall

    Director Valerie Lapin Ganley will show her film The Long Ride followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    The Long Ride is a timely new documentary about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride which sparked the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the United States. Alarmed by increasing workplace abuses, more than 900 immigrants and allies traveled from ten cities across the country to focus public attention on the plight of immigrant workers and call for reform of the broken immigration system. The film follows the journey of more than 100 Riders from Northern California to Washington. At the time that the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride was launched, Ms. Lapin was working with the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union, Local 2 in San Francisco. She was asked to be a Freedom Rider and document the experiences of her fellow Freedom Riders traveling across the country from Northern California. 

    The Long Ride won the Best Documentary Award at the Immigration Film Festival in Washington, DC in October 2018. The festival showcases films about the experiences of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, along with providing information on how to get involved with organizations that support resettlement and political action. The film won an Honorable Mention at the Contra El Silencio Todas Las Voces film festival in Mexico City and was screened at the Festival Internacional Cine de América in Pachuca. The first and second screenings were so popular that the programmers added a third screening. It was the only film shown three times. An additional screening was at the Festival De Cine PolÍtico Dirigido Por Mujeres in Madrid (September 2018).

    For more information on the film, click here.

    A filmmaker and activist, Valerie Lapin Ganley's documentaries explore race, class, labor and immigration with a focus on the challenges and benefits that diversity bring to society. She strives to create entertaining and informative programs that foster greater understanding among people of different cultures, raise consciousness, stimulate dialogue and move people to action.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCValerie won Emmy® Awards as associate producer for KQED's Price of Prosperity: Squeezed Out and Heart of the Game. She was associate producer for Not In Our Town about residents of Billings, Montana who joined together to fight back against anti-Semitism and white supremacist activity; and Digital Divide, a PBS series that examines whether widespread computer use is creating new opportunities in education and the workplace or deepening social divisions of race and gender and between rich and poor.

    Valerie was research director for Livelyhood, a PBS series about the changing nature of work in America; and researcher on KCET's Dropouts, which won an Emmy Award, and Price of Progress. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Valerie was a legislative assistant working on Capitol Hill on environmental and energy issues.  

    Co-presented by Irish Culture Bay Area. For more information click here.

    Need a ride?

    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.



    Tuesday, January 8
    1:00–2:45 PM
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    No reservations required. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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