Making Home Movies Premiere
September 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Six films, six distinct communities, countless Philadelphia stories.
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light program presents the premiere of Making Home Movies, a collaborative film project created with newly arrived immigrant and refugee communities in Philadelphia. Making Home Movies partners adult and youth English-language learners with filmmakers and poets to explore the language and imagery of home and to create community together.
This premiere event includes screenings of all six short films, special performances and poetry readings, popcorn and movie snacks, and a celebration of home and community.
If you have any questions about this screening, please reach out to Nadia Malik, Porch Light Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Home Movies is driven through partnerships between filmmakers, storytellers, and students/teachers in English Language Learning (ELL) classes in three neighborhoods in Philadelphia — Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest.
In each neighborhood, a filmmaker was paired with ELL classes and worked closely with teachers, storytellers, and project organizers to produce experiential documentaries around the project’s themes.
The project features storytelling and filmmaking with adult and youth participants who have arrived to Philadelphia from Belarus, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Nepal, Syria, Ukraine, and other countries.
The project highlights home — not as a single domestic residence, but as a map of neighborhood spaces where bonds within and among cultural groups are located, strengthened, and able to be shared through art.
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