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Dying to Live

Dying to Live

A Migrant's Journey 

Director: Bill Groody

Producer: Daniel Groody, C.S.C.

Price: $20.00

Format: DVD

Length: 33 minutes

Item number: LS0001

On-sale date: December 14, 2012

This product is no longer for sale.

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While human migration is a global issue, its manifestation in the United States is fraught with controversy—social, economic, political, and even religious. How can Catholics approach migration with faithfulness to Church social teaching and obedience to civil authority, without losing sight that what’s at stake is not just an issue, but the dignity of thousands of people?

Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey sets out to do just this—to humanize the issue of migration by telling the stories of individual migrants. In this award-winning documentary, we learn who they are, the conditions that interrupt their lives and force them from their homes, and the perils they face as they search for a new place to belong. Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, theologians, church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians, and the immigrants themselves, this film examines the places of conflict, pain, and hope along the US-Mexico border.

Download the Free Migration Mini-Unit

Designed for use in a social justice high school theology course, this free, five-day module provides teachers with lesson plans, student assignments, and a guide for discussing the documentary Dying to Live. Students will be introduced to Church teaching on migration and shown how to help immigrants in their communities as well as ways they can participate in immigration reform.

Foreword by Cardinal Roger Mahony. Written by the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education.