FROM NOWHERE tells the story of three high school students who are struggling with all of the same issues that trouble all teenagers, but, in addition, these three have another issue which causes them constant concern. The are illegal aliens. They know that at any time, should someone require documentation of them, they could end up deported back to countries they don’t know and have never spent any time in. These children are really “from nowhere.” Each wants to get papers but has to navigate the American legal system to do so. The lawyer who wants to help them makes it clear — the easiest way to obtain legal documentation is to apply for political asylum by “coming up with” some form of threat or abuse that they or their parents are afraid of if they are forced toreturn to their their homelands. The wrenching drama was the winner of the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film also won the Audience Award and the jury-awarded Special Mention prize at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival.
A selection of documentary and fiction films that survey the dizzying political landscape of contemporary American cinema. The films explore notions of manhood, nationhood, political, spiritual and poetic freedom. Academy nominated films, festival selections and independently-minded productions come together in a film program that aspires to assist viewers in changing or abandoning strongly held convictions, acquired behaviors and habits associated with the consumption of moving images. Living Together Film Series is a collaboration of Bill Cosford Cinema, with Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design and Tower Theater.
Presented by the Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design, Living Together is a cross-disciplinary series of performance art, film and video screenings, readings, talks, and workshops taking place at various sites across the greater Miami area from September 2017 to April 2018. At this moment of radical change in the political landscape, with its increasing emphasis on borders, exclusion, and separation, and an accompanying sense of the urgency of political engagement, Living Together seeks to find new ways to think about civic space and citizenship, to instigate actions and conversations that may help us to reimagine our cities and our lives.
Directed by Matthew Newton.
USA. 89minutes. 2K Digital Projection