The 20th Annual Dickens Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at All Souls Church, 196 Elm St., Braintree.
The festival will feature homemade crafts, costumed characters from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” homemade apple pies, baked goods and fudge. There will also be roast turkey dinner sandwiches, carolers singing; raffles and free vsits with Father Christmas with optional souvenir photograph available for purchase.
The United First Parish Church (Unitarian) of Quincy is presenting a free community screening of “Under the Same Moon,” a Mexico/USA co-production from 2007, directed by Patricia Riggen, in Spanish with English subtitles, rated PG-13.
The showing will be at UFPC on Friday, Nov. 14th, starting at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1306 Hancock St. near the Quincy Center Red Line station. Enter through the back door, under the rainbow flag.
The film tells the story of a 9-year-old Mexican boy who crosses the US border by himself. He is on a quest to reunite with his mother, a domestic worker in LA who works two jobs in order to support her son and mother back in Mexico. When the grandmother dies, the boy decides to go to LA to find his mother.
It is a sympathetic look at the challenges facing the estimated 70,000 unaccompanied minors who will cross the US/Mexico border this year alone, up from 20,000 in 2009. While fictional, the film is realistic in that many of the unaccompanied minors who cross the US/Mexico border are attempting to reunite with family members. In the past, most were teenaged boys, but the percentage of children under 13 has been increasing and about a third of those arriving this year have been girls, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). They face many dangers on their journeys and most receive a distinctly unwelcoming reception once they arrive in the US.