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RadioWest Films presents unique stories with a focus on Utah. Each week, we’ll present a short documentary drawing from a variety of styles: story driven, conceptual, profiles and more. It’s a place for film lovers to watch innovative storytelling and to meet Utah’s most talented filmmakers.And there are some films that we just want to keep talking about. Here's a collection of radio conversations paired with our short films. Think of it this way ... stories you hear, stories you see.

Sanctuary

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Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church is giving sanctuary to a young Honduran mother facing deportation. Tuesday, we’re talking about sanctuary and the tension between moral conscience and the law.

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In January, Vicky Chavez was facing deportation to her native Honduras. Chavez is mother to two young girls and had fled domestic violence at home. So, instead of the airport, she went to Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church. The congregation was offering her sanctuary. That kind of protection is an ancient idea associated with holy places from Greece and Rome to Medieval Europe. Tuesday, we’re talking about sanctuary - how it was understood in the past, and how it’s being practiced today.

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Watch our short film with Vicky Chavez, and see other RadioWest shorts at films.radiowest.org

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.