Daily Distraction: Watch Edith Espinal documentary at Studio 35

'A Shelter for Edith' screens tonight followed by a Q&A and panel discussion with Espinal and the filmmakers

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
The poster for the documentary "A Shelter for Edith," releasing Sept. 18, 2021, the film details Edith Espinal's time seeking immigration sanctuary inside Columbus Mennonite Church.

Elisa Stone Leahy and Matthew Leahy are filmmakers, and while they knew Espinal’s story could be well suited for a documentary, they didn’t initially approach "A Shelter for Edith" from that perspective.

“We weren't coming into this as filmmakers so much as human beings who were passionate about another human being and wanted to do everything we could to further her case,” Elisa told Alive in September, just before the 25-minute documentary's premiere at the New York Latino Film Festival. “We came into it thinking, ‘What can we do with the skills we have to further advocate for and help her case?’”

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Now, local audiences can see "A Shelter for Edith" on the big screen thanks to a screening at Clintonville theater Studio 35 tonight (Monday, Jan. 24) at 7 p.m. courtesy of Apocalipstick Latinx. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion featuring the filmmakers, Espinal and other local leaders and activists. Tickets are $10. View the trailer below.