This year’s Immigration Film Festival explores the nature of HOME. Is it a place, a safe space, a feeling, a memory, a person, or something more? Join us for two in-person screenings of films exploring this theme as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, sitting in makeshift shelters and remembering the Jewish people’s wanderings through many deserts both real and figurative.
WHEN: Saturday, October 15
Doors open at 5:30 PM, program starts 6:00 PM
Directed by Shahram Shahangi | 16 min
A Bavarian master instrument maker has to hire an immigrant Iranian master in his workshop to save himself from bankruptcy. The two master carpenters, both specializing in building chopping boards, have to overcome their cultural differences and language barrier to complete a crucial order that could potentially save their joinery. We see two worlds collide and observe the development of the protagonists as they approach each other.
DC Premiere of Any Day Now
Directed by Hamy Ramezan | 81 min
13 year old Ramin Mehdipour and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee center in Finland. Just as Ramin starts to enjoy the school holidays, the family receives the terrible news their asylum application has been denied. The Mehdipours file a final appeal, and they continue with their everyday lives, trying to keep a positive attitude despite the looming danger of deportation. As Ramin starts the new school year, every moment, every friendship will be more precious than ever.
The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on creating a home for asylum seekers.
WHERE: The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Cafritz Hall