Events

States of Migration Film Series

Five Years North

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Five Years North

Release Date: 2020
Runtime: 88 minutes
Directors: Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci
Languages: Kaqchikel, Spanish, and English with English subtitles
Countries: Guatemala, United States
Synopsis: Five Years North is the coming-of-age story of 16-year-old Luis, an undocumented Guatemalan boy who just arrived alone in New York City, set against the experience of Judy, a veteran ICE officer and first-generation Cuban immigrant. Luis has come to the U.S. to make money for his family back home, all of whom are relying on him for their very survival. Getting by as a delivery boy and a cook, Luis faces all of the obstacles that come with being an undocumented worker, as well as the added burdens of being a child in a new country coping without his parents. Luis suffers anxiety and homesickness, struggles with working full-time while complying with mandated participation in the NYC school system, and feels overburdened by social workers tasked with monitoring his every move. But above all, Luis lives in constant fear of being caught by ICE. The film is intimate and observational—following Luis, Judy, and Luis' family back in Guatemala for more than three years to provide a fresh and valuable entry point to understanding America's immigration system and its human cost.
Director Bios: Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are filmmakers and the founders of Optimist, a non-profit production studio that creates films with impact. They are best known for directing the feature documentaries Living On One Dollar and Salam Neighbor. Their films have been released by Netflix, Amazon Prime, National Geographic, and The Atlantic. In addition to Five Years North, they recently directed the short documentary, The Undocumented Lawyer, which premiered at Tribeca in spring 2020.

Chuj Boys of Summer

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Title:

Chuj Boys of Summer

Release Date: 2021
Runtime: 17 minutes
Director: Max Walker-Silverman
Languages: Chuj and Spanish with English subtitles
Countries: Guatemala, United States
Synopsis: Speaking only his native language, a Guatemalan teenager begins his new life in rural Colorado. A true story starring those who live it.
Director Bio: Max Walker-Silverman is a writer and director from the mountains of Southwest Colorado. His work has been awarded the Kodak Vision Award, the Special Jury Prize at SXSW, several Vimeo Staff Picks, the Panavision New Filmmaker Prize, and multiple National Board of Review Student Awards. He lives in the Mountain West where he writes stories about kindness.

Week Two
November 19-22

The Hemispheric Institute presents the States of Migration Film Series


This series of powerful short and feature films, curated by the Hemispheric Institute, seeks to center stories of migration and expulsion from the Americas. These are tales of harrowing journeys, desperate measures, deep solidarities, and courageous political action. Through these stories, filmmakers reveal not only the degradations perpetrated by nation-states and their border regimes, but also the tenacity of people who imagine life beyond their reality.


About this film series

Free screenings are available each week Friday through Monday, from November 12 – December 13, 2021.

About HemiTV

HemiTV is the Hemispheric Institute’s portal for live streaming and virtual programming, developed for the Zoom era and beyond.