SUNY Sullivan to Host Film Screening and Conversation on September 25th

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SUNY Sullivan is partnering with Community Supported Film (CSFilm) to host a “Screen and Discuss Community Conversation” film event featuring short documentaries produced by recent immigrants on Tuesday, September 25 at 2:30 pm in the Kaplan Student Union. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Watch the Films

September 28, 2018: Following the screenings, the films have been made available via the Hermann Memorial Library’s collection.

Campaign for a New American
Worlds Apart at Home
Navigating Hope
She is An American Child
Lift with Your Heart

CSFilm’s “New Immigrant and Refugee Visions” project has trained and mentored 10 recent immigrants to produce short documentary films about the immigrant experience in America. The films are designed to stimulate dialogue among people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Following screenings of the films, Lorraine Lopez-Janove, SUNY Sullivan’s chief diversity officer, will guide an audience discussion.

The documentary stories consist of: a Somali family divided generationally about how to maintain traditions and embrace American culture; Indian immigrants whose daughter is campaigning to be the first woman of color on the city council; a refugee from Bhutan who spent 17 years in a refugee camp to escape religious persecution as a Christian and who now helps other new immigrants and refugees; and a young woman from the Dominican Republic with DACA status who faces potential deportation to a country she has not set foot in since she was five years old.
 
After similarly successful projects in Afghanistan and Haiti, CSFilm turned to new immigrants and refugees in the United States for this project in order to enable them to amplify their unique insider perspectives on the challenges that immigrants face and the contributions they make to American culture, economy and social fabric.
 
Excerpts of selected films and biographies of the filmmakers are available at www.csfilm.org.
 
For more information about the September 25 event, contact Lopez-Janove at (845) 235-2764 or via email at LLopez-Janove@sunysullivan.edu.