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Los Angeles Filmmaker to Screen, Discuss His Film, 'Smuggled,' April 4

Award-winning filmmaker Ramon Hamilton will be on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus Monday, April 4 beginning with a 12:30 p.m. luncheon in the Mowry Conference Room, Redcay Hall.

The Los Angeles-based Hamilton will discuss his work, including his film, “Smuggled,” at the luncheon. The film will then be shown beginning at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center. 

Winner of 15 worldwide film festivals, including Best Feature at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival, “Smuggled” tells the story of a 9-year-old boy and his mother as they are smuggled into the United States in a compartment underneath a tour bus. The journey doesn’t go as planned, and the boy and his mother face a new destiny in the process.

Presented by the Department of Anthropology, the Anthropology Club, Latin American Studies program, Sigma Lambda Upsilon and the Honors Center, both events offer the opportunity to ask questions of a filmmaker who has said he is “on a mission to change how Americans think about immigration.” Through the struggles of Miguel Rodriguez and his mother, Hamilton attempts to “help us understand more fully why immigrants choose to cross the border.”

Support for Hamilton’s visit is from the Office of the Dean of Arts and Science, the Honors Center, Latin American Studies, and the SUNY Plattsburgh Program Grant Committee.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Altamirano, associate professor and chair of anthropology, at 518-564-4010 or [email protected]

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