TFI Screening Series - Fall 2018

We’re pleased to announce the films taking part in the TFI Screening Series for Fall 2018. This in-classroom program is free-of-charge and open to all NYC public high school, college, and community center groups. Registration is first come, first serve. Download the season brochure here. If you are an educator, teaching artist, or student interested in attending either or both screenings, please email Derek Nguyen, TFI's Director of Education Programs at




Selections from the IF/Then Short Documentary Program

Migrant Souls: Borders, Immigration & Home takes a look at the joys and challenges of political and economic migrants establishing their lives in America. From the plains of Montana to a community church in North Carolina, these stories examine the concept of “home” and how geographical migration affects self-identity and family histories. 



Directed by Sohib Boundaoui | Produced by Assia Boundaoui

Generation One is a short documentary that explores the perspectives of the American- born children of Arab Muslim immigrants as they try to balance two identities. The film follows the life of a Palestinian-American named Mohammad as he decides to leave his tight-knit Arab community against his father’s wishes and pursue his independence. With vignette interviews from six other Arab-Americans from the same community, Generation One weaves Mohammad’s story with others and expounds upon related themes, shedding light on a range of unique challenges found between the hyphens.



Directed by The Refugee Directors’ Cooperative and Renga Media

Renga for The West is a documentary/renga* that confronts Missoula, Montana’s increasingly complex cultural narrative by synthesizing four first-person stories directed by its new refugee residents—infused with the observations of the local artists who assist them along the way. The result is a radically intimate new-Americana. A deep dive into day jobs, first road trips, high school pep rallies, and enchanted mountain forests as the trials and tribulations of first encounters with the American dream lyrically unfold in all their complicated nuance.



Directed by Christine Delp & Pilar Timpane

After 24 years of living and working in the US, Guatemalan grandmother Juana Luz Tobar Ortega is facing deportation. Frightened of returning to Guatemala and leaving her husband, four children, and two grandchildren behind, Juana enters sanctuary at an unfamiliar church in Greensboro, North Carolina. In sanctuary, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can’t come in, but Juana cannot leave to work or be at home with her family. As time passes and state lawmakers continue to ignore the family’s pleas for a stay on her deportation, Juana’s spirits slowly sink. And yet she leans into her faith. Juana is patient that in God’s house, God will answer her prayers. In this complicated immigration landscape, communities can be divided, or communities can be brought together under extraordinary circumstances. Santuario is a documentary short about radical faith, one family’s fight to stay together, and the true meaning of church in today’s immigration climate.



This program is made possible with support by the National Endowment for the Arts. 


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