Organize a NIRV Screen & Discuss Event

November 21, 2017

Help us arrange screenings of the NIRV films!

We are looking for locations and hosts to arrange events to screen and discuss a selection of the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions films. Our goal is to use these events to inspire conversation and action among diverse audiences about the immigrant experience in America and the mainstream media’s approach to immigrant issues.

The films include stories about a Somali family struggling with inter-generational tensions around adapting to American culture; the experience of Indian immigrants whose daughter is campaigning to be elected as the first woman of color on the city council of Revere, Massachusetts; and an undocumented woman from the Dominican Republic, who faces deportation (if DACA legislation is not renewed) to a country she has not set foot in since she was four years old.

INSPIRE DIALOGUE AND ACTION: Events could include a CSFilm facilitated dialogue, a Q&A with filmmakers, a panel discussion and/or other activities aimed at enhancing understanding of the immigrant experience and motivating actions to advance social justice and conflict resolution. We welcome ideas for events and other engagement activities.

CONNECT US WITH PARTNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: We are also reaching out to potential regional and national partners who may be interested in collaborating on our Screen and Discuss campaign. If you have connections with organizations or individuals in other cities that might be good partners for screenings and dialogues on immigration, we look forward to working with you to expand the impact of the NIRV films.

CONTACT US:We are scheduling screenings. Please call or email us at +1 (857) 415-0564 or info [at] csfilm dot org if you are interested in showing the films.

Learn more about NIRV Evaluation and Impact.

Congressional Briefing

CSFilm’s US Congressional Briefing with live link to Kabul and participation by American Friends Service Committee and 3P Human Security


Follow these easy steps to host a screening of any of CSFilm’s locally made films or a presentation about the work of CSFilm and the value of locally produced stories.)

1. PLAN YOUR EVENT.  Consider when and where you would like to host an event, who might be available for a panel, and who your audience will be.


3. INVITE CSFILM.  If feasible we would love to attend your screening, give a presentation and participate in a discussion about the filmmaking process and the issues. (In cases where CSFilm’s attendance is requested, we ask that the venue try to cover travel expenses.)*

4. INVITE: Neighbors, friends, organizations – to maximize your attendance and publicity;

5. SEND: Invitations and announcements to your network and the local media;

6. DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE RESOURCES: Including introductions to CSFilms work and specific materials to print and handout at screenings and discussions.

7. CONSIDER USING YOUR EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS for Community Supported Film to enable the continued training of filmmakers in post-crisis countries to raise awareness about their perspectives on pressing social and economic development issues. We can provide you written materials and donation cards and envelopes to facilitate your fundraiser.

8. LINK TO OUR WORK on your website and social media.

9. SIGN UP for CSFilm updates

10. CONTACT CSFILM via our contact page or at 857-415-0564 to discuss your questions and needs.

* REGARDING COSTS: CSfilm’s primary mission is to get these films seen and discussed as widely as possible. We appreciate your understanding, however, that CSFilm’s work is underfunded. When collaborating with organizations or educational institutions that have a budget for film screenings and presentations, we ask for $250 for the DVDs.  If a presenter is requested (which we highly recommend!), we ask for a $300 – $500 stipend plus travel expenses.  In all cases, however, it is up to the venue to determine what they can afford.  One way to raise some or all of these costs is to ask your library to purchase the DVD for $250.  If money is an issue, please be in touch with us. We do not want the cost to be an impediment to these films being seen and discussed.

Asia Society, NYC, screening and discussion with CSFilm director Michael Sheridan and Rina Amiry, Afghanistan Office of the Special Representative


We’ve heard back from audiences that film screenings have more meaning and impact when a CSFilm staff person is present to provide context and interesting details about the issues, countries, training, filmmakers and filmmaking process.

A. AFGHAN PERSPECTIVES IN FILM:  A selection of films from the collection The Fruit of Our Laborwith background on the war, Afghan social and economic issues, the training and insights into the way that Afghanistan is understood when presented by Afghans versus foreign correspondents.

B. HAITIAN PERSPECTIVES IN FILM: A selection of films from the collection Owning Our Future presented within the context of Haiti’s geo-political history, man-made and natural disasters, and what outsiders generally do not hear and see about Haitian economic and social development issues and outcomes.

C. TOPICS FOR SCREEN & DISCUSS EVENTS: The  Haitian and Afghan-made films are also useful for topic specific Screen & Discuss events.  Click here for a list of topics for consideration.

TEDs talk

Michael Sheridan, CSFilm Director, Tedx presentation “The Messenger is the Message-Transforming News and Views through Local Perspectives”

C. THE MESSENGER IS THE MESSAGE-Transforming News and Views through Local Perspectives: A selection of films from the Afghan and Haitian-made collections in comparison to reports on similar topics by foreign media. A detailed analysis of how information about the other is still predominantly produced by a top down, externally directed, self-interested, colonial news system.

Community Supported Film’s mission is to promote a paradigm shift in our news and information by strengthening local reporting capacity and sharing the results. CSFilm believes that social stability and economic development depend on a well-informed citizenry. Global citizens can not make responsible decisions about political and developmental interventions around the world if they only understand the situations from the outsider’s perspective.

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