World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration

El Mar La Mar

NYU Washington, DC with the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress present World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration, an initiative of the AAA designed to change the public conversation about migration, immigration, and displacement. This event will include a roundtable discussion with anthropologists and curators from the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and Towson University, a reception and photo exhibition, and a screening of the documentary El mar la mar, a film on undocumented immigration to the United States. This public event is held in conjunction with the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association to be held in Washington DC, November 29 – December 3.

World on the Move Roundtable: Perspectives on Immigration, Migration, and Displacement

5:00PM - 7:30PM

Reception and Photo Gallery

Screening of El mar la mar, Q&A with Filmmaker JP Sniadecki and Producer Jason DeLeon



Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki

Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki

Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki

Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki


El mar la mar 

An almost hopeless trail leads from Mexico to the US through the Sonora desert, the hottest place in North America. The harsh sunlight, savage beauty, deadly wildlife, and human remains of travelers who didn’t make it, create an emotional/spiritual/mythical path, haunted by ghosts and legends, terror and confusion. The immigrants are nowhere to be seen, but their stories are powerfully echoed by the few who live on the desert’s edge, and even more so—by reading the signs. Outstanding 16mm camerawork, bold editing, and surprising sound, place the viewers right there, in the desert, forced to feel the heat and despair on their skin while also succumbing to the dreamlike inspiration of the place.

94 min., USA, 2017