Monday, Jun 10, 2019 7:30p -
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street
West Newton, MA
Belmont World Film (BWF) observes World Refugee Month with a series of films on three successive Mondays, followed by discussions led by expert speakers. A photography exhibit entitled “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans," featuring a selection from photographer Mark Chester’s collection of 190 photos of immigrants living in Massachusetts, will be on display in the Studio Cinema lobby during the series. The program is supported by grants from Belmont Against Racism and the Mass Cultural Council.
The films in the series include:
Monday, June 10: New England premiere of "Los Silencios," a narrative film by Beatriz Seigner about a family who arrives on a small island in the middle of Amazonia (the region between Brazil, Colombia and Peru) after running away from the armed conflict in Colombia. Ana Paula Kojima Hirano, a recent Harvard PhD with a focus on Latin American literature and film theory and the intersection between history and fiction, and Louisa (C.) de Mello, a historian and anthropologist from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, and a visiting scholar at Harvard University who specializes in Amazonian Studies, will lead the discussion following the film.
Monday, June 17: East Coast premiere of "Eldorado," director Markus Imhoof’s documentary about how refugees and migrants are treated in Europe today, contrasted with his family’s experience hosting an 11-year-old Italian refugee girl during World War II. The film was Switzerland’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. It will be preceded by the Oscar-nominated short documentary "Lifeboat," directed by Skye Fitzgerald, about the volunteers from the German NGO Sea-Watch, who risk their lives by plucking refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya. Fred Mbuga, a refugee from Uganda who is currently lead case manager at the Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC), will lead the discussion. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit RIAC and Sea-Watch.
Monday, June 24: US premiere of "To the Four Winds," director Michael Toesca’s documentary about French farmer Cédric Herrou, who turned his backyard into a shelter for immigrants crossing the border from Italy into France’s Roya Valley and will do anything to help them—even risking his own freedom— and challenging French immigration policies that make it impossible for these families to set foot on French ground and seek asylum. (speaker TBA).
The idea for “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape,” began with photographer Mark Chester’s own father, who immigrated to the US from Belarus. It then developed further with a photo project for a Charles Kuralt book that took Chester to Ellis Island. Later, while examining the results of the 2010 Massachusetts census—which showed that 15% of the population, or roughly 1 million people, were born in another country--he became curious about the state’s varied immigrant population and decided to meet and photograph someone from each of the countries mentioned in the census. Although his original aim was to show the state’s cultural diversity, the exhibit has more meaning and sentiment in today’s political climate.
EBT cardholder tickets are half price at the door with cash. Active military and veterans are admitted free of charge.