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Monday, October 21, 2019 through
Friday, October 25, 2019


Adelphi University Campus

Adelphi University International Immigration Film Festival

The goal of the festival is to promote discussion and greater awareness of the realities, challenges, perspectives and potential of immigrants.

The festival will take place over five days in October (21-25, 2019) and feature ten films from around the world. It is free and open to the public. Attendees can stay for one showing or both depending on their schedule. 

We will begin each day with a moderator who will provide the context for the topic of the film.

We will also have Q&A/panel discussions for select films throughout week.

Monday, October 21

en el septimo dia movie poster cost

En el Septimo Dia
Concert Hall, PAC

A group of undocumented Mexican immigrants work long hours six days a week, and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Brooklyn.

Running Time: 92 min
Year: 2017
Director, Jim McKay

cocote movie posterCocote
2:30 p.m.
Concert Hall, PAC

A kind-hearted gardener, returns home to the Dominican Republic to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder.

Running time: 106 min
Year: 2017
Director, Nelson Carlo De Los Santos & Arias Alberto  

Tuesday, October 22 

painted nails movie posterPainted Nails
11:00 a.m.
Campbell Lounge, CRS

Van Hoang, a Vietnamese nail salon owner who serves an ethnically diverse group of working class women with acrylic nails and intricate airbrush designs. Painted Nails brings us unprecedented insight into the personal nature of the political movement to regulate one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. Major loopholes in the federal law allow the 50-billion-dollar cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing.
Running Time: 58 min
Year: 2015
Director, Dianne Griffin & Erica Jordan  

good luck soup movie posterGood Luck Soup
2:30 p.m.
Campbell Lounge, CRS

Good Luck Soup explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own.

Running Time: 70 min
Year: 2016
Director, Matthew Hashiguchi

Wednesday, October 23

afuera movie posterAfuera
11:00 a.m.
Campbell Lounge, CRS

When Jennifer, an undocumented transgender woman, is forced to resort to the sex trade to support herself, her boyfriend, Pedro, gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences.
Running Time: 14 min
Year: 2016
Director, Steven Liang

mosquita y mari movie posterMosquita y Mari
2:30 p.m.
Campbell Lounge, CRS

This exquisitely crafted coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who fall gradually in love against the background of Southeast Los Angeles. When straight A student Yolanda—aka Mosquita decides to help struggling tough girl Mari with her homework an intense attraction evolves between the two.

Running Time: 85 min
Year: 2012
Director, Aurora Guerrero

Thursday, October 24

gurumbe film posterGurumbe
11:00 a.m.
Concert Hall, PAC

Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Spain to be sold as slaves, forming a population which, over time, managed to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity.
Running Time: 72 min
Year: 2016
Director, Miguel Angel Rosales

flamenco performance movie posterFlamenco Performance
2:30 p.m.
Concert Hall, PAC

Presentation: K. Meira Goldberg
Sonidos Negros
On the Blackness of Flamenco


Friday, October 25

the wall movie poster

The Wall: The Effect of its Imposing Presence on Migrant Families
11:00 a.m.
Concert Hall, PAC

These short film compiles the most up to date selection of short films on the current undocumented immigration crisis, touching topics such as The Wall, the effects of family separation at the border, deportation and DACA.

Running Time: 55 min
Year: 2019
Director, Stephanie Schiavenato, Meredith Hoffman, Sarah Kuck, Laura Herrero Garvin, Scott Boehm, Peter Johnston, Sara Gozalo

between us movie posterBetween Us
2:30 p.m.
Concert Hall, PAC

Newly arrived to New York City and deserted by her husband Gabriel, Mariana must find a way, in a strange city where she barely speaks the language, to provide for her family, financially and emotionally.

Running Time: 81 min
Year: 2009
Director, Gloria la Morte & Peola Mendoza

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University Libraries, AU International, African, Black and Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, Collaboration Project, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Health Services, Communications, Gender Studies, History, First Year Seminar, Dance, LGBTQ + Allies, Political Science, Levermore Global Studies.

For more information, please contact:

Charlene Mayers
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
p- 516.877.3457
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