Screening of “A Better Life” and a Panel Discussion With the Director


The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, together with the Ford Foundation, will host a special screening of the acclaimed film A Better Life, starring Academy Award-nominated actor Demián Bichir as a day laborer striving to provide better opportunities for his son.

Following the screening, a panel of distinguished guests, including A Better Life director Chris Weitz, Emmy Award-winning PBS anchor and NPR host Maria Hinojosa, and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) executive director Pablo Alvarado, will discuss how director Chris Weitz came to make this film, the challenges he faced, and the power of film to change perceptions. Members from seven day-laborer organizations in the New York area will bring the perspective of local laborers to enrich the discussion and ground it in the lived experience of workers.


Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”

Screening of Academy Award-nominated film A Better Life, to be followed by panel discussion

Chris Weitz, director of A Better Life

Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s Latino USA and president of The Futuro Media Group

Irwin Sanchez, day laborer from the Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck

Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Jose Julian, actor from A Better Life

March 22

Reception: 5:30-6:30pm

Screening, A Better Life: 6:30pm

***Panel discussion and audience Q&A to follow screening***

The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019