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SF Immigrant Film Fest: Official Selection 2013
The event where refugees, immigrants and exiles find their own voice takes place during December at various venues in San Francisco
The longest-running film festival on issues surrounding immigration, the San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival, SFImFF, announced its official selection with 18 great movies and videos all over the world.
The non-competitive festival accepts submissions from movie-makers who have a particular focus on showing the human face of immigration, including migrant worker’s rights and the experiences of asylum-seekers and refugees.
Each years SFImFF brings the films/videos to the community with free screenings at their workplace and for student groups, which is a feature that makes this event a unique project, since is has the exhibitions in nontraditional venues.
SFImFF is completely volunteer-run festival, and this December is showcasing eighteen works from different countries through a non-competitive event.
The following works, narrative and documentary shorts, which are listed below in random order, were selected for the 2013 screenings:
“In fight for the dream”, Estefania Hernandez, USA 2013; “Is there peace?” (Jambo Amani?), Unai Aranzadi, Spain/Democratic Republic of the Congo 2013; “Memory” (Memoria), Natalia Ortiz, Australia/Spain 2012; “A better place”, Moisés Romera & Marisa Crespo, Spain/Senegal 2013; “Things Left Unsaid” (Palabras Pendientes), Juan Carlos Guerra, Spain 2013; “Goodbye Padrecitos!”, (Adios Padrecitos!), Javier Macipe, Ecuador 2013; “9546 km/My World”, Sergio Garcia Locatelli, Spain/Peru 2013; “Lonche”, Claire Weissbluth. USA 2013; “The Immigrant” , The Levy Brothers, director/writer Josh and producer/writer Robi, Canada 2012; “The little Dowser” (El pequeño zahorí), Julio Moreno Gimenez, Spain 2013; “Adrift”, Frederik Jan Depickere, Belgium/Colombia 2012; “Ismael”, Jorge López Salazar, Mexico 2012; “Avion, the Absent Village” (Avion, el pueblo ausente), María y Marcos Hervera, Spain/Mexico 2012; “Agape, Story of a Dream”, Carlos Quiles, Spain/Thailand 2012; “El Toro” (The bull), Juan Diego Ramirez, USA 2013; “Life: Deferred” (Vida: Diferida), Brenda Avila-Hanna, USA 2013; “Migration”, Mira Nair. India/USA 2008 and “To arrive to Heaven” (Llegar al cielo), Tony Romero, 30’, Spain 2006.
Most of the works will be seen for first time in US and one of them, “In fight for the dream”, will be a World Premiere.
SFImFF has had screening in venues such as City College of San Francisco (Ocean and Mission Campus), ATA theater, San Francisco Day Labor Program, Sonoma Community Center, the community organization PODER, SF International High School, Centro del Pueblo and Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.