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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dir: Ameli Nanni
20 mins/ Narrative Short
An afternoon, two children, two worlds meet.
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.
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.