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October 9, 2019
Five Films of Change and Assimilation
& Panel Discussion
by Wesley L. Rodríguez
After willing “El Bombo,” the Cuban-US immigration lottery, a grandfather and his granddaughter bid farewell to their native Cuba, giving life to the phrase “To Move Forward” or “Palante”.
Only the Moon/Solamente La Luna
by Maya Cueva
A Peruvian man’s tale of immigration to the United States and the way his life unfolds afterward is conveyed through lovely animation, connecting his experience to current political rhetoric.
Marrying into a Korean-American family in disarray, a Japanese-American man hides away with his camera and discovers a hidden connection with his future grandfather-in-law.
And the Children Will Burn
by Rodrigo Dorfman
Based on Ariel Dorfman’s poem and story about two children who play “waiting for the enemy” under the shadow of a dictatorship, “And the Children Will Burn” translates this situation of terror to undocumented children hiding in a safe house somewhere in the New South.
by Trevor Zhou
An immigrant mother faces an out of control hoarding compulsion and a crumbling marriage. She stumbles upon waltz lessons and tries to reclaim her life through dance. This short film is a universal story encompassing the importance of family, personal struggle and the immigration experience.