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7:00 pm,  Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church

MEDITERRANEA
Character-driven film that follows two West African friends facing peril and prejudice both on their way to Italy and after they get visas there.

6:30 pm,  River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

SHORTS ON REFUGEE FAMILIES AND THEIR NEW HOMES


​WELCOME TO VERMONT About four groups ofimmigrants successfully resettled. 

HAMSA About a Syrian woman who takes her family from Syria to Germany. 

SCENT OF A GERANIUM uses animation to illustrate the filmmaker’s autobiographical account of her immigration experience. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

6:30 pm,  GALA Hispanic Theater

THIS IS EXILE, DIARIES OF CHILD REFUGEES
Intimate portrait of Syrian children dealing with loss and life in a refugeecamp in Lebanon.


INDIVISIBLE – LOVE KNOWS NO BORDERS
Three teen-age Dreamers in the US, whose parents and siblings have been deported, seek legal reunification. Washington premiere.

7:30 pm,  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA)
A mother working illegally in the US and her young son living in Mexico with his grandmother try desperately, and heartwarmingly, to reunite.

6:30 pm,  GALA Hispanic Theater

ALL OF ME (Llevate Mis Amores)
True story of a group of Mexican women who every day express solidarity with would-be migrants by feeding them as their train heads for the border.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd

6:30 pm,  Washington Ethical Society

SHORTS ON REFUGEE CHILDREN


THE LONG JOURNEY About Syrians seeking sanctuary in Europe. 

THE LAST TIME  About two women risking everything for a better future for their children.

LAND OF EXODUS  Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.

REFUGEE KIDS: ONE SMALL SCHOOL TAKES ON THE WORLD  About students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts.  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st

2016 ScHEDULE

6:15 pm,  George Washington University’s Marvin Center Ballroom (reception) 

2016 Immigration Film Festival 

6:30 pm,  The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

MY NAME IS ADIL
East Coast premiere about a Moroccan shepherd boy who at 13 immigrates to Italy and must navigate a dramatically different culture. 

Thank you to our Sponsors who contributed their time, talent and treasure to make the 2015 Immigration FilmFest possible in communities across the Washington metro region!

5:00 pm,  Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church

DEPORTATION OF INNOCENCE
This film documents what happened to four different immigrant families, especially the children, when a parent was deported from the US.


​MY GRANDMA’S AMERICAN DREAM
Brings to life the story of the great wave of Italian immigrants who arrived in New York in the early 1900s and built new lives with courage and grit.​

6:30 pm,  The Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

THE HAND THAT FEEDS
Undocumented workers in a NY bakery take big risks and confront daunting obstacles to fight sub-legal pay and dangerous conditions.

8:00 pm,  Jack Morton Auditorium (film)

FILMFEST RECEPTION & FILMMAKER AWARDS followed by the FEATURE FILM 
AFTER SPRING

A close-up look at the lives of two Syrian families making the most of living in a refugee camp in Jordan, with flashbacks to their lives before the war. Directed by two Americans who spent months in the camp and will lead a post-film discussion; produced by Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” fame. 

3:30 pm,  George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium

WE ARE GERMAN, TOO (no charge)
Short documentary focused on immigrants’ difficulties assimilating in Germany and how the education system compounds them.


DON’T TELL ANYONE (no charge)
In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her own parallel experiences of being undocumented and sexually abused.​