Writer/director of award-winning film to be at AVC screenings of "Smuggled"

The writer/director of an award-winning film about a 9-year-old boy and his mother being smuggled into the United States will visit Antelope Valley College on Thursday, April 18 for screenings of the movie and to discuss the movie with audiences.

“Smuggled,” an independent film by Ramon Hamilton, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Applied Arts Building Room 216 at the Lancaster campus, 3041 W. Ave. K. The screenings are free.

The film has won several awards including “Best Dramatic Feature” at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival and “Founders Award” at the 2012 Riverside International Film Festival.

For Hamilton, the movie is not unlike experiences he has heard about through the years.

In fact, the story plot was born in Boston where Hamilton was operating a construction company several years ago. One of his employees had come to the country illegally, smuggled in the back of a bus where he was forced to stand for 24 hours without being able to move.

“Smuggled” follows a similar path as a mother and son stow away in a compartment of a tourist bus.

Hamilton, who grew up in Boston and relocated to Los Angeles in 2004, uses the film as a vehicle to dramatize what people are willing to do to live the American Dream.

The Student Development and College Activities office, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6354, is sponsoring the film screenings.