Past Event

A Better Life

A Reel Progress Screening

6:00 - 9:30 PM EST

Join award-winning director Chris Weitz and star actor Demian Bichir in a special screening of A Better Life, a heart breaking tale of the lives of today’s immigrants.

From Chris Weitz, director of About a Boy, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Golden Compass, comes A Better Life – a poignant, multi-generational story about a father’s love and everything a parent will sacrifice to build a better life for his child. This highly acclaimed film puts on the silver screen the perils and tribulations that immigrants face every day across our nation.

Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) dreamed of good things for his wife and future son when they crossed the border into the U.S. But after years of hard work and little reward, Carlos’ only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. After everything he’s worked for is suddenly taken away, father and son embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover something more important – that family is the most important part of the American dream.

The Center for American Progress, with special thanks to the Gala Hispanic Theater, presents a special screening of A Better Life, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session featuring Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Chris Weitz, Demian Bichir, and Angela Kelley.

Welcoming Remarks:
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Distinguished Panelists:
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Chris Weitz, director, A Better Life
Demian Bichir, actor, "Carlos", A Better Life

Angela Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress