6th Indie and Foreign Film Festival starts on Thursday, Oct.17

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

New York, N.Y – The Migrant Center of New York, Inc. presents its 6th Indie & Foreign Film Festival, Oct. 17 - 19 at San Damiano Hall in Midtown. This year, instead of having a theme centered around one aspect of migration, festival programmers are expanding the perspectives on migration by covering as many issues as possible, and including many different perspectives, with a night focusing on student filmmakers.

The festival program includes documentary films focusing on detention centers, family separation, DACA, the sanctuary movement, the Mexican-American border, and a look at those who have been Forced to return to countries they fled. There are also dramas about refugees, the travel ban, and undocumented immigrants.

This year the Festival will present exceptional dramatic and documentary films that expand the perspectives on migration – showing a range of immigration issues, experiences, and mediations as created by independent filmmakers from throughout the United States.

It will showcase 26 independently produced documentary and dramatic fiction films, including feature films and short films that explore urgent immigration issues. Festival attendees will screen excellent films that reveal first hand accounts of refugees fleeing violence in their home countries, the tremendous political, social, and legal obstacles immigrants face on their journeys to America, and their experiences of adjusting to life in this country during this particularly anti-immigrant political climate.

The 2019 Indie and Foreign Film Festival is also very pleased to announce that, for the first time we are showcasing 10 short films created by Columbia University, SUNY Purchase, and City University students on the evening of Friday, October 18. These student films primarily focus on the experiences of young immigrants as they and their families overcome tremendous difficulties in their journeys to find safe homes and keep their families together. The Friday evening program ends with Yago Munoz’s Paper Boats, a dramatic feature film that follows a man who struggles to find hope as deportation threatens his future.

Executive director of The Migrant Center of New York, Inc., and founder of Indie & Foreign Film Festival, Father Julian Jagudilla, OFM, said, “As a powerful media, film captures life’s realities; joys, sorrows, pains, struggles and triumphs. Film captures life’s realities, frames them & presents them to an audience not only for entertainment but as a way to reflect and to ask salient questions. This year’s film festival (as was in the past) presents a controversial issue: immigration. Thru this film festival, we would like to take that this reality, this "conscience call" issue and engage an audience to reflect and take action.”

Date: October 17, 18, and 19, 2019

Place: The Migrant Center of New York, Inc. will present its 6th Indie & Foreign Film Festival at San Damiano Hall, 135 W. 31st Street in NYC

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