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Documentary Film "Made In L.A." to Screen at Stamford's Avon Theatre Wed. June 13

Stamford's Avon Theatre presents a Documentary Night screening of MADE IN L.A. with guest speakers Catalina Horak, Executive Director of Neighbors Link and Alcira Mendez on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the administrative office during daytime business hours at 203-661-0321, stop by or call the box office during showtimes at 203-967-3660. Ticket pricing is as follows: Carte Blanche: FREE, Members: $6, Students & Seniors: $8 and Nonmembers: $11.

ABOUT THE FILM: Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience.

ABOUT NEIGHBORS LINK: Neighbors Link Stamford is a new non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive resource center for recent immigrants in the Stamford, CT area. The mission of Neighbors Link is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants. We are an affiliate of a successful 10-year-old non-profit organization in Mount Kisco, NY. Stamford is honored to be the inaugural partner in this endeavor. Wile our name and programs will be similar to Mount Kisco’s, Neighbors Link Stamford will be led and operated by members of the greater Stamford community.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Catalina Horak is the Executive Director of Neighbors Link Stamford. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 13 years and brings a wealth of multicultural experience to the organization.  A native of Colombia, she has lived in several countries in North America, South America and Europe. Catalina has lived in Fairfield County since 1997. She has served as a board member and officer of several non-profit organizations in the USA as well as in her native Colombia. As former Board Chair on Neighbors Link Mount Kisco, she was a driving force behind the initiative to replicate Neighbors Link and bring it to Stamford.  She has a MS in Nonprofit Management from New School University.

Alcira Mendez arrived in California from Guatemala in 1987, where she lived for almost nine years. She worked first as a housekeeper and later as a Certified Nurse assistant in the Los Angeles area,  before moving across the country to Rhode Island where she currently lives. After moving to Rhode Island, she worked in several factories, including assembling jewelry, a shoe and a textile factory. Alcira has retired from her factory job and spends her time volunteering, taking classes and practicing her English at an organization called Progreso Latino, near her home in Central Falls RI. She is currently enrolled in a citizenship class and hopes to become a US citizen some time this fall.

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases that are hard to find anywhere else, The Avon brings you phenomenal special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting.

Avon Theatre Film Center

272 Bedford St

Stamford, CT 06901

Box Office: (203) 967-3660

Business Office: (203) 661-0321

Website: www.avontheatre.org

Twitter: @avontheatre

Facebook: www.facebook.com/avontheatre

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