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GROTON — The Groton Film Society is showing “Under the Same Moon” (La Misma Luna) at Lawrence Academy’s Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 28. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception with authentic Mexican appetizers to set the scene for this movie about a Mexican boy’s effort to find his immigrant mother working illegally in the United States.

Under the Same Moon is the story of 9-year-old Carlitos, who lives in Mexico with his grandmother while his mother works as a housemaid in Los Angeles. When the grandmother’s sudden death leaves him without a caretaker, he determines to risk crossing the border to find his mother, thus embarking on adventures that are all too common to many illegal immigrants to the United States. Carlitos draws comfort from the moon, because his mother told him that no matter how much distance separates them, both can look up at the same moon.

The main feature will be followed by an informal talk by the Boston Globe’s immigration specialist, Maria Sacchetti. The Globe published her moving story this spring about two children from El Salvador who separately journeyed to Massachusetts to join working relatives under circumstances somewhat similar to those depicted in Under the Same Moon.

Preceding the movie, the makers of “The Work of 1000” will show a brief new trailer for this work in progress about local resident Marion Stoddart and the cleanup of the Nashua River.

The reception, preview, film, speaker and coffee and dessert are free to members and guests with guest passes. Non-members will be admitted at the door for a $12 donation.

The main entrance to Lawrence Academy’s Richardson-Mees Performing Art Center is off Lowell Road across from Gibbet Hill Grill and behind the school’s main buildings. A parking map and additional information are available at grotonfilmsociety.org.

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