New Immigrant & Refugee Visions Screen&Discuss hosted by The House of the Seven Gables, November 10th, 6-7:30pm, Online.

November 10, 2021

The House of the Seven Gables, a colonial mansion turned non-profit museum in Salem Massachusetts, josted a virtual New Immigrant and Refugee Visions Screen&Discuss event in November.

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.

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