Catching Babies

Tia Thompson

ASU Civic Space Screening

Starts: November 28 @ 7:00pm
Location: ASU Civic Space Park AE England Room
484 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ

The private screening & Panel Discussion hosted by MEChA, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies & The School of Social Transformation at the University of Arizona in my hometown, Phoenix, AZ.

This was an amazing evening because my family was there including my mother, Joan Mason, who is a great photographer and a film aficionado. She helped me throughout the editing process and it was so special to have her in the room. Thanks mom! My sister, Siman Qaasim, who works for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health came out with some of her colleagues.

Puente Movement, who fight for human rights and against unjust immigration laws, were on the scene to help set up and add to the good vibes. Thank you Erika & Diane Ovalle for helping promote! Diana Pérez Ramérez from Puente who works with Las Promotoras, who promote public health in the community, was also there. Zarinah T. Nadire, Esq. provides legal resources to migrant and refugee communities was also there.

Panelists:

Chandra Narcia who did the graphic design for Catching Babies film, website and print items was there and took these amazing photographs. Thank you Chandra! Dennis Gilman, who is a revolutionary filmmaker documenting the human rights struggle in Arizona, came out and filmed the panel discussion. Thank you Dennis!

Thank you to my family who came out: Siman, Safiya, Safia, Jabril, Jordan, Marina, Axmed, Amaal, Mohamed, Adeer Jay, Bev, Nancy, Deqa & Rabia. Thank you Mark Figueroa, Michael Venerable, Angel Diaz, Move 123, Jojo, Sandra, Vikter, Fernando, Orlando, Carmen, Ernesto, Savannah, Gavin, Carlos, Alexis, Chimal, Leahjo, Tere Bear, Abraham, Xochitl, Pete Salaz, Becca, Mary Stephens, Tia, Valeria Fernandez and Tupac Enrique Acosta for making the night so special!