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Immigration-focused Documentary Makes its World Premiere at the Human Rights Watch Festival in NY June 11-20, 2020

The documentary FROM HERE, directed by Christina Antonakos-Wallace, is a hopeful story of four artists and activists based in Berlin and New York whose lives and futures hang in the balance of immigration and integration debates. The documentary will have its world premiere at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NY (HRWFF) June 11-20, 2020. A live Q&A takes place on June 14, 2020 at 8pm EDT with Antonakos-Wallace, and two of the film’s protagonists: musician Sonny Singh and immigrant community leader Tania Mattos. Leah Sapin, Associate Director Programming and Production, HRW, will moderate the discussion.  Click here for tickets to FROM HERE at the Digital NY HRWFF. 

As the U.S. and Germany grapple with racism, nationalism and a fight against diversity, FROM HERE offers an intimate yet epic look at the stories of four children of immigrants Tania, Miman, Sonny and Akim, as they move from their 20s into their 30s and face major turning points in their lives: fighting for citizenship, starting families and finding room for creative expression. Filmed over a decade in two of the world’s largest centers of immigration, the sensitive and nuanced documentary captures their journeys as it seeks to define what it means to “belong” in societies that are increasingly hostile to people of color.
FROM HERE Trailer: https://vimeo.com/109329686

“Many things in my personal story drew me to make this film, including years of activism and some surprising firsthand encounters with xenophobia in Europe,” said Antonakos-Wallace. “Ultimately, these experiences led me to believe that to create the multiracial democracies we hope for, we need narratives that speak directly to the unspoken beliefs of who does and doesn’t belong. This is particularly true now as we are in the midst of urgent uprisings in support of racial justice and a pandemic which lays so many of the indignities of systemic racism bare.”
 
Production of FROM HERE spurred the development of the impact and engagement project, With Wings and Roots. The initiative, with collaborators in the U.S. and Germany, offers workshops, installations, educational curricula, panel discussions, and more. It hosts an content-rich interactive web platform where visitors can share their stories and learn about immigration history withwingsandroots.org
 
FROM HERE is a With Wings and Roots and Facet Films production. The film was directed and produced by Christina Antonakos-Wallace. Canan Turan is the creative producer, Amy Benson and Theresa Navarro are the co-producers, Aletta von Viettinghoff is the editor, (Elizabeth) Alex Guy is the composer and Chrystian Rodriguez is the Impact Producer & Education Director.

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