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Afro-Latino Festival NYC 2018 Presents:
Displacement & Resilience
Shorts Program
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 3:00PM

Abrons Arts Center, Room B
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Room B
F/M to Delancey/Essex; B/D to Grand St.; M14A to Pitt St.

Film 1: Jimmy Jean Louis Goes to Haiti 2017

Director: Todd Kellstein/Haitian Chicken
Run Time: 15:23 min
Country: Mexico/Haiti
Language: English
Synopsis: What do Tijuana and Haitians have in common? Recently… a whole lot. Tijuana has become a home for a community of thousands of Haitian refugees. They took great risk and traveled long distances to live somewhere they felt would be a better life and provide better working conditions. However, many of them have gotten stuck on the south side of the US border due to recent border control laws. Living in limbo, many of these refugees are still in need of proper shelter, resources and opportunities. Rainn Wilson and Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis have teamed on a very important lunch break to give you a peek into what life as a Haitian refugee in Tijuana is like.

Film 2: AfroBoricua Stories

Director: Defend PR
Run Time: 10 min
Country: Puerto Rico
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Synopsis: Defend PR is a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. Recognizing the complex and dynamic landscapes that comprise Puerto Rican daily life and struggle, Defend PR seeks to deepen connections between Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora, in the hopes of nurturing greater solidarity, collaboration, and kinship.

Film 3: From Drums of Resistance: La Boquilla, Colombia

Director: Sheila Walker, PhD
Run Time: 20 min
Country: Colombia
Language: Spanish /w English subtitles
Synopsis: The Afro-Colombian fishing community of La Boquilla, bordering the city of Cartagena, is threatened by the tourist and hotel industry that wants its land. A dynaic group of young musicians is using their talent to promote their culture and assert their right to their homes and lifestyle.

Program is followed by Q&A/Talkback

This program is presented as part of the Afro Latino Festival NYC/Liberación Film Festival, July 13-15, 2018 (

Festival passes to the Liberación Film Festival can be purchased here.

There is limited wheelchair accessible seating available. To request wheelchair accessible seating and for more information on access services, please email

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