Under the Same Moon follows the struggles of a young Mexican boy who illegally crosses the U.S. border to find his mother, who is also in the country illegally. In the story, the mother comes to the United States to earn money to provide a better life for her son, who was left in the care of his aging and ill grandmother.
Professor Adriana Crocker and Associate Professor Hinda Seif will lead a discussion, following the film, exploring the struggles faced by undocumented people and the current debate over illegal immigration.
Hinda Seif is an Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at UIS. With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Seif wrote a report on Latino immigrant youth civic education and engagement. This was prepared for the Latino Migrant Civic and Political Participation Study of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mexico Institute in Washington, D.C. She also serves as the advisor to the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS).
Adriana Crocker is a Professor and Presidential Fellow of Political Science. Adriana has a law degree (LLB) from the University of La Plata Argentina and a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She specializes in Latin American politics and has a strong background in international law. Her research interests include the study of gender quota legislation and other institutional mechanisms for women, and international and regional organizations, particularly those concerned with gender, such as the Inter-American Commission of Women (OAS).