ADDITIONAL NOTES / DISCOUNTS...?
|NOTE: THE FOCUS IS ON FILMS ABOUT U.S. IMMIGRATION :D|
|GENERAL||...And the Pursuit of Happiness||1986||U.S.A./France||81 minutes||In 1986, Louis Malle, himself a transplant to the United States, set out to investigate the ever-widening range of immigrant experience in America. Interviewing a variety of newcomers (from teachers to astronauts to doctors) in middle- and working-class communities from coast to coast, Malle paints a generous, humane portrait of their individual struggles in an increasingly polyglot nation.||Janus Films|
|x||AFRICA: U.S. Politics||Time for Ilhan||2018||U.S.A./Somalia||89 minutes||Ilhan Omar, a young mother of three, takes on two formidable opponents in a highly contested race for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. If successful, she will become the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. Similar to the classic tale of David and Goliath, Omar, who is up against a 43-year incumbent, is the “outsider”;- a Muslim, refugee, woman of color - who seeks to challenge the party’s status quo while simultaneously defying the gender norms within her own Muslim community. TIME FOR ILHAN shadows Ilhan and her scrappy group of dedicated campaign staffers throughout the entire campaign’s dramatic uphill battle. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, the film offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star and a vision of what is truly possible for women and New Americans in politics today.|
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|LATIN AMERICA: Violence Abroad||Undocumented||2018||Born and raised in what was the drug and murder capital of the world, Medellin, Colombia, Harold’s parents fled the violence with the same dream that all immigrants hold: to make a better life in a new land. Harold faced years of separation from his parents as a young boy, grave danger on the open seas, and hardship, fear, bullying and bigotry in America. As he and his family lived "in the shadows" as undocumented immigrants, Harold was determined to achieve The American Dream. Through hard work, perseverance and the support of compassionate people, Harold Fernandez and his family became legal citizens of the US, with Harold graduating from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He is now one of the top cardiac surgeons in New York. He saves countless lives, literally holding the hearts and the lives of his patients and their families in his hands. His story is not a typical one, yet it holds out hope for the millions of immigrants who have come -- and have yet to come -- to the land of their dreams.||https://vimeo.com/185552503?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220|
Press: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/immigration-undocumented-surgeon-trump-1.19810269 and Dr. F available for potential Q&A afterwards
|x||LATIN AMERICA: U.S. / Mexico Border Crossing||Sin Cielo||2018||A young boy in a Mexican border town hustles any way he can to help his family but learns some very cruel realities when the girl he likes gets 'disappeared'. Based on trues stories from La Frontera.||https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7385806/|
|x||LATIN AMERICA: U.S. / Mexico Border Crossing||el mar del mar||2017||U.S.A. / Mexico||94 minutes||El mar la mar weaves together harrowing oral histories of the border region with hand-processed 16mm images of the flora, fauna and items left behind by those who’ve made the hazardous trek. Subjects speak of intense, mythic experiences in the desert: A man tells of a fifteen-foot-tall monster said to haunt the region, while a border patrolman spins a similarly bizarre tale of man versus beast. A sonically rich soundtrack adds to the eerie atmosphere as the call of birds and other nocturnal noises invisibly populate the austere landscape.||https://vimeo.com/205561041|
|x||LATIN AMERICA: Immigrant Rights||Mi Vida Dentro||2009||U.S.A.||123 minutes||A controversial court case involving an illegal immigrant and the death of a young child is examined in this documentary by filmmaker Lucia Gaja. Rosa Estela Olvera was born and raised in Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, and in 1999, when she was just seventeen years old, Rosa decided to quit school and cross the border into the United States in search of work. Rosa ended up in Austin, Texas, where she met Fidel Juarez; Rosa and Fidel fell in love and were soon married. After having a baby, Rosa began picking up work as a babysitter, and soon had a number of regular customers who appreciated her gentle and considerate handling of children. However, after looking after Bryan Gutierrez, a boy less than two years old, Rose was charged with murder when the child was found dead with a lump of paper towel stuck in its throat. Rosa was found guilty and sentenced to 99 years in prison, but in Mi Vida Dentro (aka My Life Inside), Gaja examines the evidence and suggests that Rosa's race and immigration status may have a great deal to do with the verdict and than an innocent woman has been convicted of a crime she did not commit. My Life Inside received its North American premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLh1C8yGvF0|
|x||MIDDLE EAST: Syrian Resettlement in the United States||This is Home||2017||Syria/U.S.A.||91 minutes||This is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. Despite good intentions, a vast cultural divide prevents the new arrivals and the Americans trying to help them from truly understanding each other. Halfway through the process, President Trump issues a travel ban on all refugees from Muslim-majority countries, and suddenly their lives, and the safety of loved ones still trapped in Syria, become all the more perilous.|
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|x||MIDDLE EAST: Syrian Resettlement in the United States||Dayla's Other Country||2017||Syra/U.S.A.||75 minutes||In 2012 Dalya and her mother Rudayna fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themselves while holding on to their Islamic traditions?||Journeyman Pictures||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHZarf6GbGk|
|x||x||MIDDLE EAST: Short Film Program||Salam||2018||U.S.A.||12 minutes||SALAM is about a female Lyft driver in NYC who navigates the night shift while waiting to hear life or death news from Syria. It recently world premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.||https://vimeo.com/243496991 - password: slm_1116|
Same male actor as in Searching Skies!
|x||x||MIDDLE EAST: Short Film Program||The FBI blew up my ice skates||2016||U.S.A.||7 minutes||Based on true events, The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates tells a story from the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980 from the perspective of Haleh, an eight-year-old who just wants to enjoy her ice skates. The film raises questions about the human cost of surveillance and the criminalization of immigrant communities, linking past policy decisions with current national discussions around security and xenophobia.||https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2017/the-fbi-blew-up-my-ice-skates\|
|x||x||MIDDLE EAST: Short Film Program||Searching Skies||2017||U.S.A.||8 minutes||When a Syrian refugee family is invited to a Christian family's house for Christmas dinner, they are caught between opposing viewpoints for and against them -- until an unexpected event suddenly occurs.||https://vimeo.com/208980578 - password yo|
Same male actor as in Salam!
|x||x||EAST ASIA: Internment Camps||And Then They Came For Us||2017||U.S.A.||40 minutes||Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it.||https://www.thentheycamedoc.com/|
|SOUTH ASIA: Discrimination||Possible list of films here.|
|EAST ASIA:||The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers||2014||U.S.A.||29 minutes||Follows the Filipino farm workers who spurred the Great Grape Strike in 1965 and joined forces with the other ethnic workers to create the United Farm workers Union.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx175JNdflI|
|EAST ASIA||Cambodian Son||2014||U.S.A./Cambodia/France/U.K.||90 minutes||Cambodian Son documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. After the performances end and the London stage becomes a faint memory, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?”||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj3iN2jaSHA&feature=youtu.be|
|EAST ASIA||Documented||2013||U.S.A.||89 minutes||In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. 'Documented' chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn5NoK7fM_Q|
|SOUTH ASIA||Geeta||2017||U.S.A.||16 minutes||In this film inspired by true events, GEETA has been brought to the United states as domestic worker by an Indian couple with the promise of giving her the American Dream. However it is not long until Geeta realizes that although she is in the land of opportunity, her financial, personal, and social freedoms are slowly being taken away. How will she escape this gilded cage?|