“Llévate Mis Amores” ("All of Me"), screening at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater, documents the ordeal of immigrants from Central America as they pass through Mexico to reach the United States. The grueling journey includes hunger, thirst, fatigue and dangerous encounters with drug cartels, corrupt police officers and human traffickers. Coming to their aid are "Las Patronas,” a group of Mexican women who for 20 years have offered food, drink and care to migrants traveling northward on the freight train “La Bestia.” (The Beast). This intimate account of a tender and almost invisible phenomenon affirms the human kindness that one may feel for total strangers, as the immigrants go hurtling along on a fast-moving train to an unknown destiny.
A discussion with director Arturo González Villaseñor will follow the screening, which is presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The event is free and open to the general public.