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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.


by Videohorse

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.

The Waltz

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.

Panel Discussion

New Shores: A Conversation with Representatives of North Carolina Organizations Serving Immigrants and Refugees.


Anita Rao is the Managing Editor for The State of Things, WUNC’s daily, live talk show that features the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina. 

Panel Guests

John Faison

Executive Director – Council on Immigrant Relations

Chavi Koneru

Executive Director – North Carolina Asian Americans Together

Wasif Qureshi

Refugee Assistance Manager – Islamic Relief USA