Host a Screen&Discuss Event

We are looking for locations and hosts to Screen&Discuss a selection of the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions films online and, post virus, in-person. Our goal is to use these events to inspire conversation and action among diverse audiences about the immigrant experience and the resistance to immigrants in some communities.

Contact us via the online form, email us at “info at csfilm dot org” or call us at (857) 415-0564. We are scheduling online and in-person events throughout the year. 

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The Films include short stories about a Rohingya refugee newly arrived in the US; a Somali family divided generationally; a Haitian healing with dance; an Indian campaigning for city council; a Puerto Rican cultural activist, a Ugandan wondering why he’s working in a nursing home, a Bhutanese Christian refugee helping other refugees and immigrants; an Ethiopian evangelical minister helping addicts; a Haitian fixing other Haitians’ troubles; and an undocumented Dominican mother and daughter.

Inspire dialogue and action. Your event could include a facilitated dialogue, a Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects, a panel discussion and/or other activities aimed at enhancing understanding of the immigrant experience and motivating actions to advance social justice and conflict resolution. We welcome ideas for events and other engagement activities. See below to organize an event and use our discussion and action resources to develop ideas. Review our evaluation page to see the impact these events can have.

Connect us with partners across the country. We are also looking for regional and national partners to collaborate with on the Screen&Discuss campaign. Please let us know if you have suggestions and connections.

Contact us via the online form, email us at “info at csfilm dot org” or call us at (857) 415-0564. We are scheduling online and in-person events throughout the year. 

Congressional Briefing

CSFilm’s Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Films, US Congressional Briefing with live link to Kabul and participation by American Friends Service Committee and 3P Human Security

Follow these easy steps to host a screening!

1. Plan your event. 

Time and Place: Consider when and where (or on which online app) you would like to host your event based on the availability and convenience of your audience. Coordinate with other local organizations for audience outreach and event planning. Our mission is to engage audiences that are both welcoming and resistant to immigrants and refugees; Watch examples of online events.

Event Format: Screen&Discuss events are typically an hour-and-a-half long and include the viewing of 3-4 films (~10 min. each) followed by discussion;

The films can be introduced by the host or a member of the NIRV team. Many have found it very helpful to invite a CSFilm team member, NIRV filmmaker and/or film subject to contextualize the films, filmmaking process and the issues covered. The introduction includes this 3 min NIRV Intro video which was produced and narrated by the filmmakers.

Discussion: Use our discussion resources to plan the format of your event

The post-screening discussion could include NIRV team members, in person or virtually, a facilitated panel discussion with the audience, and/or small group discussion. The facilitator and panelists could include local activists, leaders engaged in immigrant and immigration issues, elected officials, or other community leaders. Involving local immigration and refugee organizations is a good way to provide the audience with information about local issues and activities to get involved with.

The NIRV team are experienced in introducing the project and films and guiding the discussion to focus on the issues raised by the films. We turn the typical Q&A on its head and lead off with questions for the audience about their experience of the films and opinions about the issues. NIRV team members can participate in-person or virtually. We ask that the hosts cover $200 stipends per participant and travel expenses;* 

Fundraise: Use the screening to help raise funds for your local immigrant and refugee organizations and for Community Supported Film. Your community’s support is essential for us to reach more communities and influence the national debate on immigration. We can provide information, donation cards and envelopes to facilitate your fundraising.

2. View the excerpts and purchase the films.*

3. Invite neighbors, friends, organizations, networks and the press via email, mail and social media. Link to the films on your website and social media. Find promotional materials for your event on our Screen&Discuss Resources page.

4. Print event materials including introductions to CSFilm and NIRV and discussion guides.

5. Sign-up for CSFilm updates.

6. Contact us via the online form, email us at “info at csfilm dot org” or call us at (857) 415-0564 to discuss your questions and needs.

* REGARDING COSTSCSFilm’s primary mission is to get these films seen and discussed as widely as possible. We appreciate your understanding, however, that CSFilm’s filmmaking and public engagement work is underfunded.

When collaborating with organizations or educational institutions we request that they or their local library purchase a DVD for the institutional price of $250, which includes a public performance license.  If the event is private or the DVD is for home use, the recommended price is $25.  If filmmakers, subjects and/or CSFilm presenter are requested to participate virtually or in person (which we highly recommend!), we ask for a $200 stipend per participant plus travel expenses.

Funding and Partnership – Many host institutions have partnered with other local organizations to share the costs of including the filmmakers in the events. Partnering with local government or civic organizations (e.g. League of Women Voters, Rotary, faith-based) has also helped to draw an audience which reflects the diversity of opinions about immigrants and immigration.

In all cases, however, it is up to you to determine what you or your organization can afford. CSFilm’s mission is to get these films seen and discussed and we do not want funding to be an impediment to achieving this goal.

Asia Society, NYC, screening and discussion with CSFilm director Michael Sheridan and Rina Amiry, Afghanistan Office of the Special Representative


We’ve heard back from audiences that film screenings have more meaning and impact when a CSFilm staff person is present to provide context and interesting details about the issues, countries, training, filmmakers and filmmaking process.

A. Afghan Perspectives in Film.  A selection of films from the collection The Fruit of Our Laborwith background on the war, Afghan social and economic issues, the training and insights into the way that Afghanistan is understood when presented by Afghans versus foreign correspondents.

BHaitian Perspectives in Film. A selection of films from the collection Owning Our Future presented within the context of Haiti’s geo-political history, man-made and natural disasters, and what outsiders generally do not hear and see about Haitian economic and social development issues and outcomes.

C. Topics for Screen & Discuss Events: The  Haitian and Afghan-made films are also useful for topic specific Screen & Discuss events. Click here for a list of topics for consideration.

TEDs talk

Michael Sheridan, CSFilm Director, Tedx presentation “The Messenger is the Message-Transforming News and Views through Local Perspectives”

D. The Messenger is the Message – Transforming News and Views through Local Perspectives: A selection of films from the Afghan and Haitian-made collections in comparison to reports on similar topics by foreign media. A detailed analysis of how information about the other is still predominantly produced by a top down, externally directed, self-interested, colonial news system.

Community Supported Film’s mission is to promote a paradigm shift in our news and information by strengthening local reporting capacity and sharing the results. CSFilm believes that social stability and economic development depend on a well-informed citizenry. Global citizens can not make responsible decisions about political and developmental interventions around the world if they only understand the situations from the outsider’s perspective.