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December 7, 2019

The Great Mother

Hosted by Human Rights Film Festival


506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

December 7 at 6:30 PM

Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of over 2,000 US-born children of undocumented immigrants. She holds the unwavering goal that if the parents are deported, she can keep their children out of foster care and keep alive the hope of reuniting. In a time when stories of families being separated at the border abound, The Great Mother is a powerful and poignant statement that everyday citizens have the power to change lives. Directors Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker follow Sandigo and the youths under her guardianship as they navigate the American landscape, facing the obstacles of being an immigrant and the devastation of Trump’s election. With the 2020 US elections close by, The Great Mother sets off a timely discussion of immigrant rights and shows how one ordinary person can make an extraordinary difference.

Nora Sandigo (subject) in attendance for post-screening Q&A.

More information and tickets

Content Warning: Mention of child seperation and violence.

ASL interpretation will be provided. Open captions. Relaxed screening environment. Held Space and active listeners will be available. Wheelchair accessible venue. Wheelchair accessible seating. Wheelchair accessible washrooms. Gender neutral washrooms. Hearing assist devices available. Service animals welcome. Please help keep the space scent-free. Tiered pricing available – nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Complimentary tickets for support persons are available in advance or in person the day of the screening. The festival will embrace crip time by starting on time, sticking to the schedule, and respecting that people will come and go as they please. More accessibility information is available on the Human Rights Film Festival website.