Letters From Our Elders documentary film screening
Letters From Our Elders brings to life the stories and traumas of diverse immigrants as they seek to reach or stay in the U.S. The film examines experiences shared by immigrants from different decades and places, all of whom found homes in Southern California. It presents the stories of Haitians who voyaged across land and water seeking a safer reality – and of DACA recipients from diverse countries fighting to stay in the country they call home. The story begins with filmmaker Aaron Freeder’s attempt to connect his own family’s history (beginning with his ancestor James Stern, a Holocaust survivor) to that of contemporary immigrants. A panel and Q&A will follow the screening, including the director, Aaron Freeder, executive producer Edwin Cruz, and one of the documentary's subjects, Haitian-born Faniel Clement (whose journey took him from Haiti to Brazil to Tijuana and finally to San Diego). CSUSM Students: free. Community: optional donation. Faculty/Staff/Alumni: optional donation. All donations will go back into the Arts & Lectures fund to provide for future events.