The University of San Diego will host a free screening tonight of “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon,” a documentary film about the life of migrant workers living in the canyons in Rancho Peñasquitos and Carmel Valley.

The city is currently in the process of evicting a group of men who call one those canyons home.

Filmmaker John Carlos Frey spent more than a year with the men in an effort to expose their meager living conditions and chronicle their struggles.

Here’s a description of Frey’s work from the film’s website:

He followed them to work at construction sites, local farms and five star resorts. He accompanied them to Sunday services at a clandestine chapel built by the migrants deep in the heart of the canyon. He tracked their desperate circumstances as local citizens and law enforcement continued to demolish the migrant shacks and push them further from local neighborhoods. “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” is a never before seen expose of migrant life and the untold side of the immigration debate.

The film also features commentary from former voiceofsandiego.org reporter Will Carless, who also lived among the migrants while reporting for his award-winning series about the canyon.

“The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” will be shown at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and begins at 7 p.m.

DANIEL STRUMPF

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