NIRV Evaluation & Impact

See the impact of NIRV on audiences

The New Immigrant and Refugee Visions filmmakers made their films to stimulate dialogue among audiences with diverse backgrounds and opinions.  Screen&Discuss events are presented to increase understanding of different lived experiences and to motivate new thinking, behavior and action oriented toward a more welcoming society. An important part of the process and the success of our work involves evaluation of the impact of the films on those that attend NIRV Screen&Discuss events.

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Below are statistics from NIRV Screen&Discuss events. As we complete follow-up activities and analytics, this page will include running evaluation results. See below for further information about our evaluation methodology.

Cumulative Event Feedback

28 events (MA, MI, NY, MN, PA)
1319 Attendees
455 Feedback Forms

Audience Profile

I am an Immigrant/Refugee (32%): Afghanistan, Albania, Aruba, Asia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Spanish/Hebrew, Suriname, Taiwan, Turkey, USSR, Vietnam, Zambia
I am a child of an immigrant, born in US (20%): Parent/ancestors from: “unknown African country (slave)”,  Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azores, Brazil, Central America, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, Ecuador, former Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Korea, Mexico, Native American, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, Yugoslavia
My family has been in the US for generations (49%): Parent/ancestors from: Armenia, Ashkenazi Jewish, Austria, Blackfoot Indian, Canada, Chicana, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic , Czechoslovakia, Denmark, El Salvador, England, European, Finland, former Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Haiti, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Native American, Netherlands, North Europe, Northern European mix, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Serbia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Wales, West Africa

Understanding & Action

79% Learned something new
72% Feel and/or think differently
71% Were motivated to take some sort of action
66% Identified one or more specific actions they intend to take

Selected Comments

  • I’d like to be neighbors with all of these immigrant filmmakers and their subjects.
  • [This event motivated me] to change the way I think about immigration – less as an issue and more about supporting people.  We don’t have to “protect” our country from [immigrants].
  • [After today’s screening and discussion I think] this may be a way to reach immigration skeptics.
  • It made me want to work even harder to change our politics around immigration.
  • I was living in a ‘bubble’ before seeing these films. I did not know about all the problems immigrants face.
  • [These films] give new perspective to my work as a teacher of young immigrants.
  • Hearing their experiences and struggles made me think about my own relatives and how they must have struggled too.
  • I would love to share [these stories] and facts about immigration with the white and very conservative community in which I grew up – one that views immigration with fear, anger and disdain.
  • I thought it was all going to be sad, but it… made me smile!
  • This was an extremely informative screening. The evident cultural barriers seen in Abdi’s film [͞Worlds Apart at Home͟] motivate me to want to take the time to engage with the immigrant population of my community to better understand their lives, personal experiences and challenges. – emigrated from China 17 years ago
  • I feel joy and hope that we can share cultural experiences and enrich our understanding of one another. My husband and I host foreign students and their families. We will keep on hosting and continue to listen and learn. – ancestors emigrated from Europe in the 1790͛s
  • This very honest filmmaking reminds me just how much I value the richness of the immigrant experience. It motivates me to see if I can be more involved with local immigrant communities. – born in the US, child of Sri Lankan immigrants
  • I feel honored to have witnessed this initiative to include and validate immigrants. I’m going to tell friends about what I’ve learned and get involved by helping people with the citizenship process and registering new citizens to vote. – emigrated from Namibia 20 years ago
  • I loved the ability to turn and talk to a stranger.
  • The stats were surprising, especially how few immigrants there are in the US [13% of total US population; 3.5% undocumented].
  • There is a lot of work to do, we need to do more.
  • I want to learn how to make my workplace a resource.
  • [I am] motivated to treat others with kindness always, no matter what their situation.
  • I will get more informed about current laws. I will go out of my way to meet immigrants & hear their stories.
  • I want to be more informed so that I can be more supportive to immigrants who are struggling.
  • I will continue engaging people who have different opinions than I do.
  • I learned about how immigrants retain their cultural identities in a new place, as well as how they deal with opposition.
  • I am reminded of the diversity and varied humanity. This makes it easier to talk about issues without lumping all experiences together.
  •  I found it very interesting to consider who makes the film/tells the story and how important it is to have refugees/immigrants make these films themselves.
  • I think the story of Annabelle particularly motivated me to use my privilege to promote change regarding DACA.
  • I feel more motivated to use the power I have of voting.
  • “The films highlighted generational conflicts within immigrant communities in ways that taught me new things.”
  • “[The films] reinforced my desire to remain vocal.”
  • “I learned about the internal/household struggles of the immigrants around me, [which is] normally hidden from my view.”
  • “[I realized] how immigrants contribute so much to their communities — they are givers, not takers.”
  • “I’m much more positive about immigrants and [I see] the kindness in their communities.”
  • “I learned that [Immigrant’s rights are often in flux and extremely complicated].”
  • “I learned [how committed immigrants are to the struggle of finding work and becoming part of the community].”
  • “I learned that [while specific facts vary, the general thrust of people’s stories are similar].”
  • “Films like this remind me to be compassionate.”
  • “I have far more respect for the hidden struggles many immigrants face.”
  • “The people in the films are normal people who just want to live normal lives.”
  • “Immigration really often means leaving everything behind — we should try to be as understanding and welcoming as possible.”
  • “When we are depressed, we need to help and share with each other. Share these films with others.”
  • “Treat newcomers with warm and open arms so they can feel safe in the community.”
  • “We should work to integrate among ourselves as well (immigrant community). It is not always American (white) people – when we come we sit with our own groups (Mexicans, Puerto Ricans) and we should work to know each other too. When we have an event, we should all switch and sit different places. Icebreaker games to introduce people.”
  • “Even though I don’t speak English, I try not to make that a barrier – I will make signs with my hands if I need to.”
  • “What engages me about these films is their intimacy.”
  • “I have been to several CSFilm Screen&Discuss events since the start of the NIRV project. The level of discussion and expression has risen to an incredibly high level.”
  • “I learned that all immigrants, regardless of their home country, share the fear and anxiety of losing their culture in the new country.”
  • As a mutli-generation American, “I learned that certain immigrants are exhausted by the question, Where are you from?”
  • After seeing Mubarak’s film, “I will think more about the stories of healthcare workers.”
  • “I enjoyed learning how immigrants adapt to a completely different lifestyle while also struggling to maintain their native cultural identity.”
  • I learned that “not all traditions should be preserved.”
  • “I appreciated greatly the way the Q&A was facilitated! Reversing the questions is a great tactic.”
  • “I am grateful for the inclusion of [CSFilm’s work] in the NIIC program. Insightful, inspirational.”
  • As a mother myself, “I feel bolstered and strengthened by meeting these moms via the NIRV films.”
  • I feel motivated to “bring these films to the deep south [of the US] where so many immigrants live on the margins.”
  • I can “use these films to educate those who have no contact with immigrant newcomers.”
  • “I was really struck by Mubarak’s film and the challenges immigrants face in using their professional expertise here [in the US], especially amidst so much rhetoric by the [US] government about wanting “talented” immigrants.”
  • I am mostly familiar with the stories of Latino immigrants, “so it was really interesting to watch [the stories]” of other immigrants.
  • These films “humanize the immigrant experience.”
  • The films are each “different and give a [unique] lens into each [immigrant] community.”
  • “It’s time for us immigrants to stop feeling alone because we are all in this together.”
  • These films motivate me “to encourage my mom to start taking English classes again.”
  • These films motivate me to “speak out for people who have a challenge speaking English.”
  • “Take this to the White House, Congress, and show them your films!”
  • “I feel like I [now] know how hard immigrants have to work to make their dreams come true.”
  • “All of the films left me feeling inspired. Both the filmmakers and the people in the films demonstrate such motivation, inspiration and postivity.”
  • “It’s important that we take time to learn about each others stories.”
  • After seeing these films, I “have more appreciation for the difficulties immigrants face when they come to this country”.
  • I learned that the immigrant experience is “nuanced, emotional and filled with [both] isolation and connection”.
  • These films inspire me “to take bigger risks in my own life”.
  • I learned about how many immigrants must “start over” and adjust to “new surroundings, languages [and] careers”.
  • These films helped me to see that we often “fear change” and “get stuck in careers and are afraid to try something new”.
  • These films motivate me to have “more neighborhood conversations”.
  • “I can’t relate directly to [the lives of] immigrants, [but these films] give me a little bit of insight.”
  • After seeing these films, I plan to “pre-register to vote”.
  • “I learned that…people are more open-minded than I thought.”
    These films inspire me to “start conversations with others.”
  • “People are all the same — hardworking, just trying to…make a life for themselves and their children.”
  • Seeing “how some immigrants live paycheck to paycheck motivates me to hire them if I ever run my own business.”
  • “These films so effectively convey and express the humanity [of] the immigrant experience.”
  • “I feel more connected to and empathic toward immigrants and refugees and less condescendingly sympathetic towards them. I was challenged to revise my assumptions of immigrants and refugees: these people certainly need help and protection from individuals, communities, and various levels of government, but they also do remarkable things in the current system, problematic as that system is.”
  • “I feel motivated to continue learning about and advocating for immigrants and refugees in the United States and abroad. I hope to increase my political activism in this area, and it would be good to worship more with immigrants and refugees if I have the opportunity.”
  • “We hear about immigrants struggling to survive in their new communities, but in [these films] we see the protagonists thriving and striving to make a difference in their new home.”
  • “The stories reminded me to have an appreciation for the richness that new cultures bring to America. All voices contribute in some way to the fabric of our country.”

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Evaluation Methodology

Discussion Questions: After screening films the CSFilm facilitator usually begins with questions designed to encourage this understanding, new thinking and behavior.

Action Toolkit: We have a prepared a 14-page Action Toolkit providing possible actions, resources, and additional suggestions to help audience members take action in four areas: Personal, Political, Myths & Facts, Media. A short version of this toolkit is provided at the event. View or download the full version of the Action Toolkit.

Feedback Forms: Audience members are given feedback forms upon entering the event and time is set aside at the end for them to complete them. In addition to demographic information, questions include:

  1. What did you learn about the immigrant experience that you didn’t know before?
  2. What do you feel or think differently about after today’s screening and discussion?
  3. What experience from the films or discussion will you tell your friends about?
  4. What action(s) will you take? (see Action Toolkit or write your own)
  5. Any other comments?

Follow Up: For individuals who have provided their contact information we will follow up at one month and three months from the event to enquire what kinds of actions they have taken and to remind them of the Action Toolkit and resources.

Analytics: We document and analyze all of these components, including analyzing views and downloads of the Action Toolkit on the website. Cumulative results will be posted to this page periodically, as they are available.