New Immigrant and Refugee Visions – NIRV Summary

Films by and about new immigrants for public discussion.

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New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) is a collection of ten documentary films by and about immigrants.  These short films provide a unique insiders’ perspective on the integration challenges immigrants face and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The filmmakers made these short films to engage communities in dialogue about immigrants and immigration in the United States.  Watch our 3 min introduction to the filmmaking process, outcomes and impact.

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Building Local Capacity – Giving Voice to Immigrants and Refugees: Ten immigrants from ten countries of origin were selected, trained and mentored by CSFilm to produce short films about their fellow new immigrants and refugees. Most of the trainees had no previous experience with filmmaking but came with storytelling experience from radio, photography, video, theater, and writing. Each demonstrated a commitment to their communities and an interest to use documentary filmmaking in their ongoing work and as a tool for social and economic development.

The Films include short stories about a Rohingya refugee newly arrived in the US; a Somali family divided generationally; a Haitian healing with dance; an Indian campaigning for city council; a Puerto Rican cultural activist, a Ugandan wondering why he’s working in a nursing home, a Bhutanese Christian refugee helping other refugees and immigrants; an Ethiopian evangelical minister helping addicts; a Haitian fixing other Haitians’ troubles; and an undocumented Dominican mother and daughter. View excerpts of all the films online.

The Get-the-NIRV Screen&Discuss Campaign: We need your help to host these films in your community. The films were made to engage people with diverse backgrounds and opinions in dialogue about immigrants and immigration. To maximize the impact of these events, you can help us reach  people in your community who are both welcoming and resistant to new immigrants.

The films can be introduced by the host or a member of the filmmaking team. Many have found it very helpful to invite a CSFilm team member who can contextualize the films, filmmakers, and filmmaking process. The post-screening discussion could include the new immigrant filmmakers in person or virtually, a facilitated panel discussion with the audience, or small group discussion. The facilitator and panelists could be local activists, leaders engaged in immigrant and immigration issues, elected officials, or other community leaders. Involving local immigration and refugee organizations is a good way to provide the audience with specific activities that they can get involved with.

For background on the NIRV project, check out this interview with Michael Sheridan on BNN Neighborhood Network News.


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Special Thanks to our Funders:

McMillan Stewart Foundation, Marika Foundation for Social Action, Jeanne Steig, Pathfinder Fund, Viram Foundation, Patricia Davis and Wesley Callender, Keating Family Charitable Fund, Anuradha Desai, Mary Mackay and Edward Wheatley, Amelie Ratliff, Schrafft Charitable Trust, Richard and Dorothy Koerner, Christine Arveil and Benoit Rolland, Vishakha Desai and Bob Oxnam, Antara Desai and Arjun Menon, Paul and Patricia Fullagar, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Robert Lee Buchanan, Anonymous, Barbara Martin, Swati Desai and Gary Stephens, Katherine Yeh and Jack Spence, The Shimkin Foundation, The Chavda Family, Julie and Abhijit Desai, The First Church of Wenham, …and hundreds of individual donors like you! Thank You!

Special Thanks:
Samira Ahmed Fiin, family and community; Caryn Anderson; Rosi, Brian and Alisa Amador; Mohammad Anwar; Jean Appolon, family and community; Jorge Arce and community; Christine Arveil; Yonas Badi and community; Mani Biswa, family and community; Damien Boutillon; Sara Bouvier; Jordy Brazo; Alla Brikman; Julie Brown; Junior Buissereth and community; Zayde Buti; Karen Carpenter; Kate Carpenter-Bernier; Hugo Carvajal; Monica Cohen; Samantha Corsini; Jorgy Cruz; Anuradha Desai; Lydia Eccles; Mary Elizabeth Ford; Patricia Goudvis; Cheryl Hamilton; Lor Holmes; Kenny Kozol; Hannah Lee; Julie Mallozzi; Denise Marika; Carolina Melgarejo; Pablo Minier; Alex Morelli; Zaamu Namigadde, family and friends; Rosalyn Negron; Sarah Poole; Stephanie Scherpf; Gary Shaw; Susan Steele; Reverend Evan Thayer; Aka Rahmatullah; Lata Rana, Dimple Rana and family; Peter Rhodes; Jerry Rubin; Annabelle and Esther; Abdirahman Yusuf; 3 Dimensions Health Services; Boston Public Libraries and Librarians; Brighton High School; Brookline High School; Cambridge Community Television; Church of St Augustine and St Martin staff and community; City of Boston Office for Immigrant Advancement; Dance Complex; El Oriental de Cuba; Evangelical Christian Nepali Church; Follen Community Church; International Institute of New England; Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center; Jewish Vocational Services; KIPP Acadamy; Lynn Community Health Center; New American Center; Sol y Canto; Somali Development Center; Spontaneous Celebrations; Women Encouraging Empowerment

Training and Production Team:

  • CSFilm Founding Director; NIRV Training and Production Director: Michael Sheridan
  • CSFilm Operations, Communications Manager and Public Engagement Manager; NIRV Training Manager: Caryn Anderson
  • CSFilm Programs Coordinator, NIRV Assistant Trainer and Post-Production Coordinator: Samantha Corsini
  • CSFilm Program Coordinator and Designer; NIRV Editor: Zayde Buti
  • NIRV Public Engagement Coordinators: Sarah Chapple-Sokol, Aakanksha Gupta
  • Advisors and NIRV Training Assistants, volunteer: Patricia Goudvis, Anuradha Desai, Christine Arveil
  • NIRV training food provided by:  Anuradha Desai, Christine Arveil, Damien Boutillon, Carolina Melgarejo, Karen Carpenter, Kate Carpenter-Bernier, Mary Elizabeth Ford
  • NIRV Volunteers: Peter Rhodes, Denise Marika, Stephanie Scherpf, Lydia Eccles, Susan Steele, Gary Shaw, Andrew Grant, Katie Bradshaw, Rachel Darke, William Bonney
  • NIRV training site donated by: Church of St Augustin and St Martin, Roxbury MA

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