What happens when you combine the moral urgency of Cesar Chavez with the hilarious satire of the Daily Show?
With your help, we can find out! And, in the process, we can help build the grassroots movement for immigrant rights, from California to the House of Representatives.
As Congress continues to debate â€˜comprehensive immigration reform,â€™ conservative, anti-immigrant forces are ratcheting up their pressure in Washington, securing millions for the militarization of the US/Mexico Border. Now itâ€™s on us to fight back! We can tell our stories, organize our neighbors, and yes, use a little humor to change the debate and help bring it back to what matters the most â€“ the lives of human beings.
In that spirit,Â Culture Strike, the nationâ€™s leading arts and activism organization on immigration, is proud to be producing the soon-to-be-released short film: â€œMoses and JesÃºs.â€
Moses and JesÃºs
The Prophetic Fight for Immigrant Rights
Written and created byÂ Josh HealeyÂ (NPR Snap Judgment)
Directed by Yvan IturriagaÂ (The Storm that Swept Mexico)
Starring Richard MontoyaÂ (Chicano comedy legend, Culture Clash)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Corey FischerÂ (founder, The Jewish Theater)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jeri Lynn CohenÂ (actor, Word for Word)
Produced by Favianna RodriguezÂ (artist and founder, Culture Strike)
Click here to donate securely via PaypalÂ and help make â€œMoses and JesÃºsâ€ a reality!
About the project:
Moses and JesÃºs is a comedic, cross-cultural, very-loosely-biblical, pro-immigrant short film for the internet. Itâ€™s both incredibly funny and very powerful â€” and couldnâ€™t come at a better time. Hereâ€™s a sneak preview:
Moses is an old, hard-working immigrant. He fled his oppressive homeland, wandered through the desert, finally made it to the Promised Land â€” and now theyâ€™re trying to deport him. Moses needs a miracle! So he goes to the one man he knows who can make miracles happen: Jesus. But this isnâ€™t blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jesus. This is JesÃºs, a Chicano carpenter and spiritual redeemer whoâ€™s had his own run-ins with La Migra. Together, the two prophets come up with a plan to stop the deportation â€” and stand up for the human rights of all undocumented Americans.
Filming will begin this weekend, and weâ€™ll be releasing it online in late July â€” just as the House of Representatives will be debating their immigration bill. But to do that, we need your help. Weâ€™ve already raised over half the funds needed â€” now we need YOU, our community, to help take us home!
Help us raise $3,000 by July 25 to make â€œMoses and JesÃºsâ€ happen!
All funds raised will be used to pay for production and distribution expenses â€” the cast, the crew, equipment, and a big piÃ±ata of Sheriff Joe Arpaio to smash at the end.
Can you donate $25? How about $250?
Whatever you can do, we offer our deepest thanks and appreciation. Like the song says, itâ€™s always okay to put five on it. Please note that this is not a tax deductible donation.
Contribute todayÂ to help make â€œMoses and JesÃºsâ€ a reality!
In gratitude and solidarity,
Favianna Rodriguez,Â Josh Healey,Â and the CultureStrike team