World Refugee Day 2020

Bullfrog Communities


Bullfrog Communities, a project of Bullfrog Films, is pleased to announce the availability of new releases BORDER SOUTH, DAY ONE and WHO'S NEXT?, and major award-winning films THIS IS HOME and WHICH WAY HOME  for virtual community and campus screenings for World Refugee Day.

June 20 is World Refugee Day. The United States is a country that is built from immigrants, and is constantly diversifying, bringing together a plethora of stunning cultures that make our country beautiful.

Unfortunately, the immigration process is increasingly difficult, especially for those who are leaving their home countries desperate for a safer life. In addition, the current administration promotes racism and cultural elitism. These are continuous issues we need to educate and engage in conversations about, and it doesn't stop at World Refugee Day. However, we can use this day as a jumping off point to begin these conversations, and continue to grow.

Book a virtual screening of a film for World Refugee Day; include a discussion; even use the event as a fundraiser. And, plan now for a Fall in-person event. THIS IS HOME delicately touches on the experience of resettling refugee families adapting to American culture, while DAY ONE features an innovative public school helping refugee children heal from the trauma of war. BORDER SOUTH and WHICH WAY HOME depict the dangerous journey and often deadly process for Central American migrants crossing the U.S. southern border. WHO'S NEXT? examines the effects of hate speech and bigotry on the lives of Muslim-Americans.

More information is below. Click through to watch trailers.

BORDER SOUTH
A vivid portrait of Central American immigrants who disappear along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border, exposing a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life, as well as in death.
Best Feature Film, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival
Winner, Indie Memphis Film Festival
Best Feature Film, Indie Grits Film Festival
"Compassionate...Vivid...We receive the message strongly that these are ordinary people expected to do extraordinary things...This is skillful film-making, not to present the migrants as heroes, but just as people with mundane plans and dreams like the rest of us."
Charlie Phillips, The Guardian
"Gustavo's story is fascinating; it's a perspective that's been vilified by the media, and Paz Pastrana seeks to treat him with respect and dignity when giving him a platform to speak... Border South is all about putting a human face to the South American migrant, an important action at this critical time."
Musanna Ahmed, Film Inquiry

BORDER SOUTH

DAY ONE
Traumatized Middle Eastern and African teen refugees are guided through a program of healing by devoted educators at a unique St. Louis public school for refugees only.
Best Documentary Feature, Culver City Film Festival
Best English Language Feature, Davis Int.l Film Festival
"An excellent tool to raise awareness and provide insight into the tumultuous first years of a refugee's placement in the U.S. By honing in on education, the film acquaints audience members with the unique perspectives of refugee children and school administrators, and it highlights the dedication and perseverance of both parties which facilitates the successful integration of newly arrived immigrants... A prime example of storytelling as education, outreach, activism and advocacy and it is a wonderful film to promote understanding and tolerance."
Ashley Faye, Development Director, Refugee Services of Texas

DAY ONE

WHO'S NEXT?
Six Muslim families – citizens and long-time legal residents, from diverse countries and widely different circumstances, continue to suffer family separations, threats of deportation, repeated airport detentions, unexplained travel restrictions – now part of the daily lives of thousands of Muslims living in America.
Gold Award Winner, The International Film Awards
Award of Merit, Special Mention, Impact DOCS Awards
"The best and most profound movie I've seen recently...As unsettling as it is important. It is … extremely well-made, uncluttered, never resorting to inflated dramatics. The drama is in the stories of the families. The type of artistic expression essential to those who cherish the concept of democracy."
David Rothenberg, host, Any Saturday, WBAI
"The film provides ... a powerful tool for helping ... to challenge manufactured narratives of an Islamic threat and to contemplate constructive ways of building bridges across racial and religious difference."
Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College, Author, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West

WHO'S NEXT

THIS IS HOME
Sundance award-winner puts a human face on the global refugee crisis by providing an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in the US and struggling to find their footing.
Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Video Librarian 2019 Best Documentaries
Winner, duPont-Columbia Award

"I have watched several documentaries on Syrian refugees - this is the best. A delightful, humorous and honest film. We cheer on four families as they race against time to settle, learn English and find jobs before eight months of state assistance run out. Tears came to my eyes only a few times; this is not a tear jerker. I laughed more often. Some I wanted to hug, others I wanted to shake by the collar to explain that they must fall in line with American customs or sink. This film reminds you that whether refugee or ordinary American, we are all in this together."
Joshua Landis, Professor and Chair, Middle East Studies, Director, Center of Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma, Editor, Syria Comment newsletter

THIS IS HOME

WHICH WAY HOME
The personal side of immigration as child migrants from Mexico and Central America risk everything to make it to the US riding atop freight trains.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards®
Emmy Award, Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form
Best Documentary Nominee, Film Independent Spirit Awards
"This is one of the best documentary films about farming that I have watched."
Dr. Av Singh, Vice-President, Canadian Organic Growers
"An amazing film... It's easily the best documentary of its kind I've seen...The film does not dehumanize or essentialize these children. Rather, the humane and sensitive lens seems to aim to present a realistic picture that can inform many about the human drama that these young immigrants and their families live...But we don't only get to hear the children's stories in their own voices, we also learn their parents' views, and get a good glimpse of the context within which the kids live and within which they make decisions to migrate...A remarkably well done documentary that will inform many students of immigration and spark important debates."
Cecilia Menjivar, Professor of Sociology, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, Author, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America

WHICH WAY HOME

See http://bullfrogcommunities.com for a complete list of our titles. If you have questions, contact me at info@bullfrogcommunities.com. We look forward to helping you celebrate World Refugee Day!

Coming Soon: ELDER VOICES depicts Japanese Americans, European Jews and peace activists who came of age during the Depression and WWII address the political storm clouds gathering today; MY COUNTRY NO MORE documents the oil boom in North Dakota that sets off a crisis in a rural community, forced to confront the meaning of progress as they fight for a disappearing way of life; food-and-farming films FROM SEED TO SEED and FARMSTEADERS; and COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, about the unequal response to environmental disaster.

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