HBO film spotlights S. Philly clinic treating undocumented immigrants

Puentes and program coordinator Alexandra Wolkoff watches fifth graders Miguel Angel del Rosario, left and Miguel Sandoval play chess at the Puentes de Salud, a health clinic for immigrants, which has branched out into the education field with an after-school program

A documentary about South Philadelphia’s Puentes de Salud health clinic, whose patients include undocumented immigrants and those without insurance, will make its HBO premiere on at 10 p.m. Sept. 25, the network announced Thursday.

Cliníca de Migrantes, from Maxim Pozdorovkin (HBO’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), will be part of the HBO’s observation of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.  It also will be available on HBO Latino, HBO On Demand, HBO Now, and HBO Go.

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The film, HBO said, “paints a compassionate portrait of patients at Puentes de Salud, many of whom left their families behind to perform physically exhausting labor in America for meager wages, and follows the tireless staffers who treat around 10,000 patients each year with limited space and little funding. As Puentes plans a larger facility to accommodate rapidly increasing demand, executive director Dr. Steve Larson and his team must find a way to keep their practice running despite obstacles at every turn.”