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— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

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LOS ANGELES―From Here to Home: American Stories about Immigration and Belonging

June 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm3:30 pm


Photography by Shana Hagan, “Walk Run Cha-Cha”.  LOS ANGELES―Five short documentaries tell poignant stories of separation and identity. Join The Theatre at Ace Hotel for this evening of diverse, personal films that offer a perspective on immigrants’ experiences. In these films, produced with Concordia Studio, see the heartbreak of those detained by ICE and the hope that’s found on a dance floor, as well as the optimism in a contest for girls in “the toughest town in Texas.” Director Laura Nix will be on hand to speak with subjects from her film, dancers Paul and Millie Cao — as the evening culminates in a flash of sequins. National immigration correspondent Miriam Jordan will moderate, and dancers Maksym Kapitanchuk and Elena Krifuks will perform.

Films to be screened:

El Vacío,” directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi. In a confessional built from home video and animation, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio explores the mental prisons and personal trauma created by immigration policy.

To Be Queen,” directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman. In Luling, the “toughest town in Texas,” two Latina high school girls compete to be the next Watermelon Thump Queen.

La Boca del Lobo,” directed by Jesse Moss. Mario Guevara, a reporter for Mundo Hispanico, investigates the impact of ICE arrests on his Atlanta community.

Darlin,” directed by Isabel Castro, follows a Honduran family in the months after their separation under the zero-tolerance policy.

Walk Run Cha-Cha,” directed by Laura Nix. Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California — and are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Walk Run Cha-Cha is supported by a California Documentary Project grant. 


June 19, 2019
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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