Free Day at the MFA includes two films from CSFilm’s New Immigrant and Refugee Visions

May 17, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Museum of Fine Arts Boston | Remis Auditorium
First come, first served free tickets available from 1:30 pm

Photo Credit: Christine Arveil

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is having an Open House on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, with free admission for everyone 10 am-5 pm. Join us in Remis Auditorium at 2:30 pm for a community dialogue about immigration in America, stimulated by the screening of two of the short documentary films produced by recent immigrants.

The New Immigrant and Refugee Visions films provide a unique insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The dialogue after the films will engage the audience in a discussion about the issues that face our community and country today – with the aim of increasing understanding across diverse opinions and backgrounds.

The films include a story about a Somali family divided generationally about whether to maintain traditions or embrace American culture and about Indian immigrants whose daughter is campaigning to be the first woman of color on a historically white and male city council.

Ten immigrants from ten different countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Puerto Rico [US], Somalia, Uganda) participated in the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions project of Community Supported Film ( They were trained in documentary filmmaking and mentored through the production of a story about the immigrant experience.

Available resources will include an Action Toolkit with ideas, links, and other information for taking action, whatever your viewpoint.

DVDs from CSFilm projects in Afghanistan and Haiti will be available for purchase.


We need your financial support to ensure that these unique insider perspectives and compelling stories can reach audiences around the country through our National Screen & Discuss Tour.

Thank you in advance for your contribution and for being the “community” in Community Supported Film!


Memorial Day Open House. Monday, May 28, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free admission for all. Kick off the summer season with family art-making activities, gallery tours and talks, musical performances, and film screenings. Hear engaging performances throughout the day including a multidisciplinary concert created by teens from Sociedad Latina. Make art inspired by the exciting exhibitions on view, including “M. C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions” and “Phantasmagoria.”

Community Supported Film’s vision is driven by the knowledge that democracy, social \stability and equitable economic development depend on a well-informed citizenry. The predominance of information about the “other,” however, is still produced by outsiders in a top-down colonial news system guided by self interest. CSFilm’s mission is to help citizens make responsible decisions about their community, country and world by strengthening their access to local perspectives.


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