New York – Join us to celebrate Opening Night October 15, 2018 of the Indie & Foreign Film Festival. Now on its 5th year, it runs every evening at 6 PM from October 15 – 19, 2018 at San Damiano Hall, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 129 West 31st Street, NYC. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $25 for 5 nights. Students are admitted free with an ID.
Here’s a sneak peek of Opening Night program that features five exceptional short films and one remarkable feature-length documentary.
Statue Director:Glenn Marshall
This animated short film is a play on the visual connection between iconic statues, which takes on a deeper meaning in the wake of our country’s current migrant / refugee crisis.
Do You Know What I Mean? Director: Viktorija Sipilova
This shot animated project is based on a series of interviews with a group of British citizens who had all emigrated to the UK as children, capturing their experiences, from racism to self-confidence issues, as well as questions of cultural identity.
Estrillita (Little Star) Director: Daniel Houghton
This short animated film portrays a young girl growing up on a Vermont dairy farm who discovers a tragic reality about her family.
Making an Immigrant Director: Nabil Burias
This animated short film explores how our richly diverse ethnicities, religious backgrounds and names can be a red flag in airports across the globe, including the country you were born in.
2nd Life Director: Jake Alexander McAfee
In this short dramatic film we see a man and his wife emigrate from Africa to America to pursue a better life, a 2nd life.
Hermanos/Siblings Director: Laura Plancarte
This feature-length documentary interweaves the story of two Mexican brothers that want to return to the US after being deported for life, with the story of an American woman who lost her house and now believes Trump’s promises that her house will be returned to her. Many films have shown immigration stories, but Hermanos is the only film that presents immigration as seen through the lives of Mexicans and Americans, who all suffer due to poverty and lack of family structure.
On Tuesday night, The Indie & Foreign Film Festival will also feature a U.S. premiere!
La Nostra Storia ( Our Story ) Director: Lorenzo Latrofa
This animated short film focuses on the delicate issue of migration. The stories of today’s migrants are the stories of our past. Their ‘story’ is our story. It is everyone’s story.
This film recently won best TV & Commissioned Film Competition and an award from the Perugia Social Film Festival in Italy!
We hope you’ll join us at the 5th Annual Indie & Foreign Film Festival on Monday evening, or any of the following nights for an amazing selection of spectacular films about immigration and human rights! For a full line-up please visit: https://www.indieforfilmfest.com/
(Press release from Fr. Julian S. Jagudilla, OFM)