Feature reported, edited, and mixed by Andrea Gutierrez
» Originally aired on October 3, 2019, on KPCC’s The Frame
Los Angeles is home to more than half-a-million Central Americans, many of whom arrived during the 1980s during a period of political unrest in their home countries. Faith communities across the United States played a major role in receiving asylum seekers back then, offering sanctuary when migrants’ options were few. One of those churches in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood will host “Variedades: Little Central America, 1984,” a theatrical performance of music, poetry, film and movement that puts today’s migration crisis in conversation with the past.