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Immigration in spotlight at college's Diversity Film Festival

Immigration in spotlight at college's Diversity Film Festival

Dedicating a weeklong film series to diversity isn’t a new concept for Howard Community College, where a diversity film festival has been a staple for more than 20 years.

But this year’s five-film lineup, which is free and open to the public, will focus on the immigrant experience at a time when U.S. immigration policy dominates the national discourse.

“There is a theme for each festival and this year it is ‘revolution,’ ” said Marie Westhaver, professor of film studies and director of the film series at the college, where 29,000 credit and noncredit students hail from 104 countries.

Illegal immigration will be highlighted in the first and last films to be offered,...

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