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Monday, October 7, 2019

2019 Indie & Foreign Film Festival: Providing Important Perspectives on the Current Experience of Migration

New York - The Migrant Center of New York, Inc. presents it’s 6th Indie & Foreign Film Festival. This year, instead of having a theme centered around one aspect of migration, festival programmers are trying to expand the perspectives on migration by covering as many issues as possible, and including many different perspectives, with a night focusing on student filmmakers.

“This year, we have a great selection of films focused on the current immigration situation here in the U.S.A. as well as abroad,” says Father Julian Jagudilla, OFM, founder of the festival and Executive Director of The Migrant Center of New York, Inc. After his recent trip to the Mexican-American border, Father Julian says, “This is an important time to step up our assistance to our migrant & refugee sisters who are stranded in the Mexican side of the border without family support and resources. Many of them fell prey to gangs, drug cartels and organized crime.”

The festival program includes documentary films focusing on detention centers, family separation, DACA, the sanctuary movement, the Mexican-American border, and a look at those who have been forced to return to countries they fled. There are also dramas about refugees, the travel ban, and undocumented immigrants.

“We are excited to present two award-winning feature films, the riveting documentary SEADRIFT, Directed by Tim Tsai, and the uplifting drama PAPER BOATS, directed by Yago Muño,” says Adrienne Paxton, Artistic Director of the Indie & Foreign Film Festival.

“Student filmmakers shine this year as directors from Columbia, SUNY Purchase, and CCNY Harlem, share their work, along with students in advanced filmmaking programs like NY Film Academy.”

Indie & Foreign Film Festival:
Opening Night - Thur Oct. 17 at 6pm
Student Film Night - Fri Oct. 18 at 6pm
Short Film Matinee - Sat Oct. 19 1pm

San Damiano Hall 
127 West 31st Street 
New York, N.Y. 10001

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