The discussion was informed by the screening of:
- Navigating Hope, by Sayed Najib Hashimi, about Mani Biswas, and his community, who spent 17 years in a refugee camp and now help other refugees navigate the challenges of integration in the United States.
- Lift with Your Heart, by Braulio Tellez-Vilches. Haitian choreographer and dancer teacher, Jean Appolon, struggled for years to find a sense of belonging in the United States. He discovered his purpose in teaching dance to heal, engage and celebrate cultural diversity.
These two films stimulated a timely discussion about the current worldwide refugee crisis and the immediate challenges facing Afghans and Haitians due to recent man-made and natural disasters.
Braulio Tellez-Vilches, Jean Appolon and CSFilm director, Michael Sheridan, joined the discussion.