Thanks for Coming to Meet the Filmmakers, Meet your Neighbors

October 27, 2017

Thank you very much for attending last week’s Meet the Filmmakers, Meet your Neighbors event hosted and organized by Roxbury-Dorchester Power in Community.  It was great to have you there and to have so many new and familiar faces in attendance. We are especially grateful to Rev. Dee Littlepage, Rev. Evan Thayer, and their team, for all of their hard work initiating, organizing and hosting the event and for providing the food.

I am particularly thankful for your engaging questions and the thoughtful responses provided by the filmmaker/trainees. As you know, most of the filmmakers are in the production phase of their films about the immigrant experience and they were thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss their works-in-progress with you. We look forward to continuing to share their progress with you!

Please join us again, once their films are completed, for further discussion about their stories, the process and the pressing issues facing immigrant and refugee communities in the United States.  The films are scheduled to be completed in November.  We will most likely hold-off on screening them until after the busy holiday season.  Let us know if you have suggestions for screening venues

Many thanks to Jorgy Cruz and Pablo Minier for documenting the event and capturing the spirit of the filmmaker/trainees in their blog post:

The Idea of the Mission from Longwood Media on Vimeo.

We are working to raise $60,000 for the nationwide ‘screen and discuss’ tour that will target communities that have demonstrated a resistance to new immigrants.   Please support this work as generously as you can so that we can maximize the use of these films throughout the US.

From Left to Right: Abdirahman Abdi, Somalia; Wilson Thelimo Louis, Haiti; Mubarak Muwonge Nsamba, Uganda; Mohammad Arifuzzaman, Bangladesh; Sayed Hashimi, Afghanistan; Qin Li, China; Rafael DeLeon, Dominican Republic; Katsy Rivera Kientz, Puerto Rico; Braulio Tellez Vilches, Cuba; Kebrewosen (Kiki) Densamo, Ethiopia.

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