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NOSOTROS                        6:15pm

Dir: Jose Saramiento, Melanie Saravia, Healy Alvarado, Erin Verham

10 min 29 secs / Documentary Short

A moving documentary by high school students in Charlottesville, VA detailing their struggle to immigrate to the US and the challenges they face. 

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BETTER TOGETHER   6:25pm                Dir: Mohammed Alsheika, Jun Zhi Xie, Matthew Burch

8 mins / Documentary Short

This documentary explores our current social climate and the struggles faced by many immigrants to assimilate into this often xenophobic culture. Better Together is an impactful reminder that people from all walks of life will enter your space, what you do next is up to you.

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BETTER TOGETHER

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THE GIFT (EL REGALO)           6:33pm

Dir: Arturo Santos Barragan

4 min 40 secs / Narrative Short

On Christmas Eve, a Mexican family prepares for Christmas dinner. While mom and grandma prepare the food, the little ones Jennifer and Tony finish decorating the house while waiting to sit down at the table to dine together. However, a secret in the family could affect the feeling of unity and tranquility among its members.

PRINCESA                              6:38pm

Dir: Melanie Rosete

14 mins 35 mins / Narrative Short

A short narrative film centering around Luis, a middle-aged Mexican immigrant who wants nothing more than to make his daughter Anarosa's fifteen birthday an amazing one. However, without the financial means, the pressure from his loud and large family, and the inability to face the reality that his daughter is growing up, Luis struggles with truly connecting with Anarosa on her quinceanera day.

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NO                                            6:52pm

Dir: Szu Wei Chen

5 mins 25 secs / Narrative Short

A Chinese couple tricks a lost Chinese woman, telling her that they can’t speak Chinese.

UNCONDITIONAL                     6:57pm    

Dir: Rumi Lee

9 mins 12 secs / Documentary Short

A character-driven documentary that explores an immigrant mother's life with her disabled daughter and how she learns a meaningful lesson through her.

DISTANCE                                7:06pm

Dir: Jama Rasulov

14 mins / Documentary Short

A hardworking man, Boha, wants to start a family in New York City. To accomplish his dream, he will need to bring his fiancee from Tajikistan.

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FIREFLIES                                               7:20pm

Dir: Ameli Nanni

20 mins/ Narrative Short

An afternoon, two children, two worlds meet.

VIDA                                          7:40pm

Dir: Bita Elahian

9 mins 45 secs / Narrative Short

In January 2017 with the first executive order from president Trump's “Travel ban,” an Iranian immigrant and mother (Vida) who lives in the United States, goes to the airport to pick up her young daughter who is arriving from Iran. Not only is she unable to pick up her daughter, but she can't even see the little girl. Authorities deported her daughter directly from airport back to Iran. After one week, Vida's life changes forever.

METAMORPHOSIS                   7:49pm

Dir: Fernanda Parrado

6 mins / Narrative Short / Experimental

Metamorphosis is a personal experimental film about the filmmaker’s own experiences as an immigrant in New York City. A tribute to all immigrants and their necessity of constant movement as a form of rebirth.

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Narrative Feature Film

PAPER BOATS           8:15pm      Dir: Yago Munoz

72 mins/ Narrative Feature

Mexican - American indie film that tells the story of Jorge, a man who seems to have lost it all that recovers his will to live in the face of a tragedy, deportation. A story about the meaning of love, family and the pursuit of happiness.

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Directed by Yago Munoz
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Screenings at 
San Damiano Hall 
127 West 31st Street NY N.Y. 10001

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