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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

For the fourth year in a row, Sewickley Academy has partnered with Silk Screen — a Pittsburgh nonprofit that celebrates Asian arts and culture through films, music, and dance — to present three films for the community.

‘Girl Rising'

2 p.m. Jan. 11, Rea Auditorium, 104 minutes

“Girl Rising” is a feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies.

The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls from around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. Sewickley Academy's Girl Up club will host a fair and fundraiser reception immediately after the film, where visitors can learn more about the girls and countries highlighted in “Girl Rising.”

(Recommended for viewers in the sixth grade or older.)

‘Born into Brothels'

2 p.m. Jan. 25, Rea Auditorium, 143 minutes

“Born into Brothels” is the winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, “Born into Brothels” is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red-light district of Calcutta.

Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.

The discussion after the film will be facilitated by Avijit Halder, a child featured in the film.

(Parental discretion advised.)

‘Every Day Is a Holiday'

2 p.m. Feb. 9, Rea Auditorium, 57 minutes

Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates a portrait of her father, a man 50 years her senior.

“Every Day Is a Holiday” explores the bond of the father-daughter relationship and places themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of “living history.”

The filmmaker's father, Paul Loong, talks about his experiences as a prisoner of war in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. Through the film, viewers discover why, despite much suffering, every day is a holiday.

The Loongs will facilitate the discussion after the film.

(Recommended for viewers ages 10 and older.)

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