Germany, USA, 2020 / 89 min / English and German OV with German subt. / Documentary
A documentary about four young artists and activists from immigrant families redefining their identity.
Terrorist. Job-snatcher. Illegal. Exotic. Taunts and sentiments all too familiar to Tania, Miman, Sonny and Akim, four young artists and activists raised in the Global North by parents from the Global South. Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves their hopeful stories and accompanies them as they move from their 20s into their 30s as the US and Germany grapple with racism, nationalism, and opposition to diversity. During this time, they all face major turning points: fighting for citizenship, starting families, surviving violence, and finding room for creative expression. Spanning the better part of a decade in two of the world’s largest centres of immigration, this sensitive and nuanced documentary captures their journeys to define what it means to “belong” in societies that are increasingly hostile to their existence.
“Migration is currently changing the face of nearly every society around the world. Goods, weapons, capital, pollutants, and information can move ever more freely, but humans cannot. Millions are denied their basic dignity because of being born on the wrong side of a border or trying to cross one. From Here counters the culture of fear with a culture of possibility. Its protagonists are caught in the crosshairs of polarised debates and have chosen to transform their struggles into action to help shape the conversation.” Director’s statement by Christina Antonakos-Wallace
The school screening on 12/03 at 9:00 AM unfortunately had to be cancelled.
|Mon||08/03||09:00||EN & DE OV with DE subt.||Scolaire||https://www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/registration-films-workshops|
|Fri||12/03||09:00||Kinepolis Kirchberg||EN & DE OV with DE subt.||Public||https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/fr/HO00003332|
Christina Antonakos-Wallace is a filmmaker and cultural organiser. Her short films and interactive work have been exhibited in over a dozen countries through festivals, schools, galleries, NGOs, and corporations. In 2002, her work was recognised with a five-year MTV Fight For Your Rights Scholarship, followed by a Humanity in Action Fellowship in 2006, which she completed at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Berlin. She was a Fellow at Hedgebrook in 2017 and the Port Townsend Film Festival in 2015, and holds a BFA/BA from the New School & Parsons School of Design. From Here (2020) is her first feature-length documentary.
- 2020 – From Here (documentary)
- 2010 – Sonny (documentary short)