Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a Mexican-American child. These are the main characters in Two Americans, a documentary that premieres on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Harkins Arizona Mills. This is an unforgettable film that chronicles the very different lives of two people battling the immigration wars. I met one of the film’s producers, Valeria Fernandez, a former reporter for La Voz and a current reporter for CNN, as she was filming this remarkable documentary. Through the years, I’ve watched her record every major skirmish in the immigration battles in Phoenix. This documentary gives voice to those who have no voice, and gives The Toughest Sheriff in America lots of time to show who he really is. Here’s a clip.
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Bio: Journalist Terry Greene Sterling has lived in Arizona most of her life, and has reported on the political brawls and human tragedies that have long made Arizona the focus of national news. She was raised on an Arizona cattle ranch, and learned to speak Spanish at the same time she learned English. The author of Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone, Sterling has been honored with more than 50 national and regional journalism awards. She was named Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, Arizona’s highest journalism honor, three times. She was a staff writer for Phoenix New Times for 14 years before branching out on her own. She is a contributor for The Daily Beast, and Writer-in-Residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek.com, Salon.com, Rollingstone.com, The Nieman Narrative Digest, Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways, High Country News, and Preservation Magazine. She tweets @tgsterling and blogs about immigration in Arizona at terrygreenesterling.com.