Immigrants in Entertainment
Representation matters. Bambadjan Bamba (Marvel’s Black Panther), Nico Santos (NBC’s Superstore), Rafael Agustín (The CW’s Jane the Virgin), and Reshma Shetty (USA’s Royal Pains) discussed immigrant narratives in Hollywood. Moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry.
Directed by Robert Greene
124 min / 2017 / English and Spanish with subtitles
Follow characters in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border, as they struggle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the infamous Bisbee Deportation, where 1200 striking miners were violently taken from their homes, banished to the middle of the desert, and left to die. Townspeople confront this misunderstood past by staging dramatic re-creations of the escalating strike. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and “directed,” in a sense, by residents with conflicting views of the event. Deeply personal segments torn from family history build toward a massive re-staging of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary.
White nationalism is rising, but we can resist. Following the screening, Jose Antonio Vargas, Mony Ruiz-Velasco, and Maria Hinojosa discussed immigration and our changing America.
The Women’s Movement: Where Do We Go From Here?
Women are making history by activating their families and communities to create transformative social change. Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director of the Women’s March, led a conversation with Anurima Bhargava, Ai-jen Poo, and Bethany Yellowtail on female empowerment in light of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
Directed by Menelek Lumumba
94 min / 2018 / English
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Both Black Americans and immigrants are targeted by the prison industrial complex. Following the screening, Menelek Lumumba, Hans Charles, Wesley Lowery, and Dr. Iva Carruthers explored criminal justice today.
This Is Home
Directed by Alexandra Shiva
91 min / 2018 / English and Arabic with subtitles
An intimate portrait of four Syrian families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland and struggling to find their footing. With eight months to become self-sufficient, they must forge ahead to rebuild their lives. When the travel ban adds further complications, their strength and resilience are put to the test.
In 2016, the U.S. re-settled 15,479 Syrian refugees. Last year, 3,024. This year, 11. Following the screening, Jose Antonio Vargas led a conversation on the global migration crisis with AJ Mendez, Ala’a Basatneh, Erika Andiola, and Miko Revereza.
Comedy Night at DAFF
Presented in partnership with The Second City and the Harold Ramis Film School, Comedy Night at DAFF featured performances by Tamer Kattan, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Felonious Munk, Alex Kumin, and Nico Santos. Hosted by Baratunde Thurston (About Race podcast, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show).