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Immigrant stories featured in DVD produced by sisters
archived from: 2012-03-12
by: Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Video to debut at history center March 25

Immigrants who arrived here from Kenya and Nigeria, the Philippines, Italy and Mexico tell their stories through a new DVD produced by sisters from area religious congregations.

A preview showing of that effort, “We Are All Immigrants,” will take place at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.

The 30-minute film features immigrants from 10 countries sharing stories of their families’ arrival in Pittsburgh.

The year-long effort was the work of the Path to Justice Committee of the Tri-Diocesan Sisters Leadership Conference.

The committee had originally been formed to focus on human trafficking, said St. Joseph Sister Jeanette Bussen. The sisters added the related issue of immigration and knew the best way to share immigrants’ stories was through video.

Some of the sisters work among the area’s immigrant population and came up with names of people to be interviewed. They interviewed people from some 20 countries, Sister Jeanette said, with sisters serving as interpreters and transcriptionists.

In the documentary, immigrants recount the challenges they faced and talk of their contributions to their new homeland. “They tell of the struggles and hopes of our brothers and sisters, and we hope that people can make the relationship that we are all immigrants,” Sister Jeanette said.

Local radio personality Lynn Cullen and Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor of journalism and multimedia arts at Duquesne University, helped in the documentary. “We had a lot of good volunteer help,” Sister Jeanette said. Cullen interviewed the immigrants, edited the script and provided the narration. Woytek served as videographer and film editor.

Light refreshments will be served at the screening. Copies of the video also will be available.

History center staff members will lead guided tours of the center’s exhibit on “Angels of Mercy: Sisters in Healthcare in Western Pennsylvania,” which highlights the contributions of area sisters in health care work.

The afternoon is free, but registration is required by contacting Robyn at rgallentine@osfprov.org or Sister Jeanette at 724-869-2151, ext. 6247, by March 18.

The sisters hope to make the documentary available to area parishes and schools for viewing.




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