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New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) Screen&Discuss events typically present a selection of three or four films followed by discussion.  The films provide an insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The discussion allows the audience to share their reactions to the stories with the aim of increasing understanding across diverse opinions and backgrounds.

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Online from Kalamazoo, MI, November 11, 7pm, Register

Justice for Our Neighbors Kalamazoo (JFON) will host a NIRV Screen&Discuss event focused on the theme of refugee resettlement.

JFON will screen three NIRV films about refugees: Seeking Settled Ground by Mohammad Arifuzzaman of Bangladesh, Worlds Apart at Home by Somali refugee Abdirahman Abdi and Navigating Hope by Afghan refugee Sayed Najib Hashimi.

After the films, filmmaker Abdirahman Abdi and film subject Mani Biswa (a Bhutanese refugee) will join event co-hosts Dr. Maria Roche-Dean (WMU Bronson School of Nursing) and Shukurani Nsengiyumva (Board of the Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative) in a panel discussion about the issues facing refugees in the US and abroad.

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Michigan welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.


Online from Washington, DC, begins November 13th

Community Supported Film is pleased to announce that a selection of the films from the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) collection will be included in the 6th annual Immigration Film Fest (IFF).

The goal of the festival “is to tell the story of global immigration through the art form of film and to humanize the plight of immigrants and refugees by sharing their stories.”

Now in its sixth year, the Immigration Film Festival began as an initiative of the Washington Ethical Society, a nonprofit, humanistic religious congregation. IFF partners with several organizations across the DMV to screen films and support audiences in taking action.

Stay tuned for more details!


Online from La Crosse, WI, November 17, 8pm (7pm CST), Register

Students at Viterbo University, a private Franciscan university in Wisconsin, will host a virtual Screen&Discuss on Tuesday, November 17!

Please register for this Zoom-based event.

Watch and discuss three films about faith and freedom — Worlds Apart at Home by Somali refugee Abdirahman Abdi and Navigating Hope by Afghan refugee Sayed Najib Hashimi and Seeking Settled Ground by Mohammad Arifuzzaman of Bangladesh.

The films will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers, film subjects and other local panelists.

This event is hosted by the Identities Project, a cross-campus collaboration that provides opportunities for students to explore and discuss facets of identity through intentionally-reflective civil dialogues, lectures, documentaries with discussions, and other programs.


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