Migration Experience Film
and Discussion Series
The Migration Experience was a free film and discussion series (2015 & 2016) that focused on the lived experience of immigrants and refugees and drew over 200 viewers who saw the films and engaged in post-film discussions.
Each acclaimed film was followed by a discussion led by scholars, including an immigrant or refugee from the region of the world represented in the film.
The goal of the series was to deepen our awareness of immigrant and refugee issues while generating meaningful dialogue.
The 2016 series featured the following:
October 20, 6:30 pm: "Well-Founded Fear" (about the inner-workings of the INS)
November 3, 6:30 pm: "The Journey" (a Syrian refugee flees to Europe)
November 9, 6:30 pm: "The Harvest/La Cosecha" (about teen migrant farm workers in the US)
November 16, 6:30 pm: "The Wind of Al-Amal" (about Iraqi exiles)
The series is one of several community-led development initiatives that emerged from the Stories of Route 66 arts engagement project.
All films were free and open to the public.
"The Migration Experience" was funded by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council and the City of Albuquerque through our fiscal sponsor, Center of Southwest Culture, with in-kind support from the African American Performing Arts Center.
The Migration Experience was directed by Artful Life in partnership with the Global 505 Coalition (whose organizations serve as project advisors): Artful Life, Burundian-American Association of NM, Catholic Charities, Encuentro, Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque, International District Healthy Communities Coalition, Lutheran Family Services, NM Asian Family Center, United Voices for Refugee Rights, UNM Refugee Well-Being Project, Women for Women International, and Women's Global Pathways.