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星期二, 6月 13, 2017
描述無證件移民影片"美國；我也是" 6/30 波士頓首映
BOSTON and LOS ANGELES – Newton native Anike Tourse will debut her film America: I Too, starring Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi and featuring music by Grammy winners Quetzal, at the Roxbury International Film Festival on Friday, June 30, as part of a series of narrative shorts about the American experience.
The film was produced by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization based in California, and is being promoted in Boston by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.
“This is a powerful film with an important message for immigrants and native-born Americans alike,” said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). “Our democracy can only thrive if we all enjoy the rights and protections granted to us by the Constitution. We are thrilled to work with our coalition partner CHIRLA to promote America: I Too, and encourage all who are working to advance immigrant rights to join us at the screening.”
The Roxbury International Film Festival is a competitive festival taking place over 10 days, with workshops, panel discussions and film screenings in greater Boston. The festival celebrates people of color, featuring films that include a multicultural cast, theme, or production team and that show diverse images of people from around the world.
“This screening could not come at a more critical time, given how President Trump has pledged to increase detentions of undocumented immigrants, speed up deportations, and a growing number of American citizens are getting caught up in such actions,” said CHIRLA Executive Director Angelica Salas.
Tourse, who wrote, produced and directed the film, has written for television and for the stage, and produced multilingual videos and public service announcements for the immigrant rights movement (see her website). She said she is particularly pleased that the film will screen as part of an evening of shorts that explore what it means to be part of American culture today.
“I have long since felt that the criminalizing of immigrants is not happening in isolation but is instead connected to a series of collective actions geared towards creating an underclass of marginalized people in this country, a second-class citizenship that includes African American men targeted as felons, and low-income disenfranchised communities of color,” Tourse said. “My hope is that this film will remind Americans of what is at the core of the American dream: justice, fairness, opportunity and yes, fighting like hell for our constitutional rights.”
Barkhad Abdi signed up for the project unaware that two of the places he lived – Somalia and Yemen – would be included in President Trump’s travel ban. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1985, Abdi earned wide acclaim for his first film role in Captain Phillips (2013) and has gone on to be cast in the highly anticipated Blade Runner reboot.
“We need to help each other, just as we all need help at one time or another,” Abdi said. “I wanted to do this project because while this information might be helpful to some people, someday I may need help too. You can’t abandon what’s right just because you may not be the person being affected at the time.”
Tickets for America; I Too are available at http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/shorts-5-america. To see a trailer for the film, go to https://youtu.be/sFlYkH1be2A (English) or https://youtu.be/hWNDlfsN6wk (Spanish).
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