Amnesty International screens two films on immigrants, refugees in Rosendale

Each year, the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Amnesty International sponsors a screening at the Rosendale Theatre. This year’s Human Rights Film presentation – two short films focusing on issues affecting immigrants and refugees – gets underway at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. The two films in the program are America; I Too and The Resettled.

America; I Too stars Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee for Captain Phillips, along with more than 250 volunteer actors. Directed by Anike Tourse, the film recounts the stories that many of our nation’s immigrants face.

Produced by the not-for-profit organization Tzu Chi USA, The Resettled poses the question: “America is a nation that was built by immigrants and refugees, but are strangers from a foreign land welcome here today?” Directed by Alan Thompson, this film takes viewers to Detroit, San Francisco, Boise, Twin Falls and New York, and introduces refugees resettled from Iraq, Burma, Vietnam, Congo and Liberia, who share their dramatic stories of survival and the elusive search for the American dream.

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The seventh annual Human Rights Film program is co-sponsored by the Amnesty International Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, Rondout Valley High School Human Rights Club and SUNY-New Paltz Amnesty Club. A panel discussion will follow the screenings, with speakers including Ilgu Ozler, Amnesty International USA director and SUNY-New Paltz professor of Political Science & International Relations. Admission is by a suggested donation of $10. For more information about the event, e-mail amnestyhudsonvalley@gmail.com or visit https://bit.ly/2vJmnCT. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street (Route 213) in Rosendale.