Film Series

Tuesday February 20, 2023 | 5:00pm

Auditorium, 53 Wall Street

Ghost Mountain: The Second Killing Fields of Cambodia (2022) (Trailer)

The film is the story of Bunseng Taing, a Cambodian refugee who made his way to Connecticut in 1980 after surviving both the Killing Fields during the Cambodian genocide by the Khmer Rouge.

Q&A discussion with James Taing (co-director and co-producer) Bunseng Taing (protagonist)

Wednesday November 1, 2023 | 5:30pm

Auditorium, 53 Wall Street

Estamos Unidos (2020) (Trailer)

The film highlights the stakes and human toll of migrating to the U.S. as well as the resilience and courage of those seeking opportunity and refuge. 

Q&A discussion with film director Álvaro Morales

Sunday November 5, 2023 | 5:30pm

Auditorium, 53 Wall Street

Diáspora (2023) (Trailer) 

“Diaspora” is a documentary about the formation of Caribbean identity through culture, ideas and art as it traveled, mixed and communicated within the migration to and from the region.  

Q&A discussion with film director Héctor Valdez

Wednesday October 4, 2023 | 4:30pm

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Missing in Brooks County (2020) (Trailer)   

Peabody documentary award winner Missing in Brooks County follows the journey of two families who arrive in Brooks County, Texas to look for their loved ones, only to find a mystery that deepens at every turn. 

Q&A discussion with film co-directors Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss, and producer Jacob Bricca; moderated by Nancy Escalante (Yale University).

Thursday April 13, 2023 | 3:00pm
Luce Hall, Room 203, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

The film features the following seed heroes based in the Nordic regions (in order of appearance): the Brinkholm Andelsgaarde farm, the Nordic Genetic Resource Center and Crop Trust’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the University of Oslo’s Natural History Museum, Frøsamlerne (the Danish Seed Savers), Kørnby Mølle, Grønt Marked, Losæter urban farm, Drys Nu, and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center. 

Q&A discussion with Charly Frisk, a student at Yale School of Environment 

Friday January 27, 2023 | 12:00pm
Luce Hall, Room 203, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

The Neighborhood Storyteller is a documentary film that explores human resilience, the transition from child to adult and one’s capacity to turn hardships into an opportunity for self-growth. 

Q&A discussion with Asmaa Rashed - protagonist and Alejandra Alcalá - film director 
Thursday October 13, 2022 3:00pm
Luce Hall, Room 203, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
This documentary looks at how migration has influenced Maltese political and social discourse, becoming somehow a laboratory of populism for the whole European continent.
Q&A discussion with the film director Mauro Mondello - a freelance reporter, war correspondent and documentary filmmaker.
Friday September 9 – Monday September 12, 2022 
Online/On-Demand Only
The film invites the audience to become a part of the journey of two young siblings Ayas (10) and Asia (8) across the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
Directed by Sohel Rahman
Q&A discussion on Monday, September 12th (6:00-7:30pm) with the Director Sohel Rahman and moderated by Neela Saldanha, Executive Director, Yale Research Initiative on Innovation & Scale (Y-RISE), Yale University

Tuesday March 29, 2022 | 7:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
This documentary examines the status of women during the transformation of Afghanistan from a totalitarian Taliban theocracy to a democratic country.
Directed by Sahraa Karimi - an Afghan film director and the first woman to head the Afghan Film Organization (Afghan Film).
Friday February 11 – Monday February 14, 2022
BORDER SOUTH reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.
An Andar Films and Siendo Films Mexico-US Co-Production 
Directed by Raúl O. Paz Pastrana
The film will be available to stream on-demand from Friday February 11 to Monday February 14 (inclusive).

Saturday October 2 - Tuesday October 5, 2021

Notturno (2021) (Trailer) 

Oscar® nominated and multiple award winner Gianfranco Rosi (SACRO GRA, FIRE AT SEA) constructs a sublime cinematic journey through the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon finding peace and light within the chaos and despair in the aftermath of war. 

Q&A discussion on Wednesday 6th October (6:30-8pm) with 2021 World Fellows Elinda Labropoulou and Muthanna Khriesat, moderated by Ulla Kasten CMES Fellow.

Friday February 12 – Monday February 15, 2021  

Rain in a Dry Land (2006) (Trailer)

An award winning film by Anne Makepeace that chronicles two years in the lives of two extended Somali Bantu families as they leave behind a two-hundred year legacy of oppression in Africa to face new challenges to settle in the United States. Q&A panel with refugees from Havenly Treats and Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS) together with scholars from the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at Boston College School of Social Work from 6:30-8pm on Monday 15th February.

Monday November 16, 2020 | 7:00pm

Stateless (Trailer)by Mauro Mondello and Nunzio Gringery - 2011

Lampedusa in Berlin (Trailer), by Mauro Mondello – 2015

Mauro Mondello, World Fellow 2020, reporter, war correspondent and documentary filmmaker, will discuss both the humanitarian crisis which started in 2011 and the refugees in Europe during COVID-19, following the screenings of documentary shorts he has produced.

Wednesday March 25, 2020 | 6:30pm
Morse College Crescent Theater, 304 York St 

Terror and Hope (Trailer) 

Terror and Hope (Kanopy) (YALE CAS ID Required)

The science of resilience. Q&A session to follow with award winning filmmaker Ron Bourke and researchers Rana Dajani, Alastair Ager, and Catherine Panter-Brick.

Tuesday November 28, 2017 | 7:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Dheepan (Trailer)

Dheepan is a 2015 French crime drama film directed by Jacques Audiard. The film tells the story of three Tamil refugees who flee
the civil war-ravaged Sri Lanka and come to France, in the hope of reconstructing their lives. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Tuesday November 7, 2017 7:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Fire at Sea (Trailer) 

In Fire at Sea, Director Gianfranco Rosi sheds light on the subject of African migration to Europe by training his camera on Lampedusa, a picturesque island located halfway between Libya and Sicily, where more than 100,000 Africans first set foot on European soil every year. Rosi also served as cinematographer for this documentary, which won the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:00pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall LC 101, 63 High Street

Tlaxcala Dreams

A documentary about undocumented immigrants/ refugees in New Haven.

Tuesday October 3, 2017 7:00pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall LC 101, 63 High Street

A stray (2016) (Trailer)

Musa Sayeed is an independent filmmaker and writer.

His two narrative feature films A STRAY (sxsw ’16) and VALLEY OF SAINTS (Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award ’12) were both New York Times Critics Picks. The BIG HOUSE, a narrative short Syeed shot in Yemen, was a 2014 Sundance selection. His current features in development have been supported by the San Francisco Film Society, Tribeca Film Institute, and Torino Film Lab. His previous films include the short documentaries BRONX PRINCESS (Official Selection: Berlinale) and A SON’S SACRIFICE (Best Short Doc, Tribeca Film Festival & International Documentary Awards). Both films had national PBS broadcasts and were co-produced with Yoni Brook. He also co-directed THE CALLING, a documentary miniseries for pbs’ Independent Lens, and contributed several video reports for

Monday September 11, 2017 | 6:15pm
Yale Law School, Room 127

Háwar – My Journey to Genocide (Trailer) 

HÁWAR– My Journey to Genocide documents the genocide of the Yazidis, one of the world’s oldest religious communities. In August 2014, the Islamic State attacked their towns and villages in northern Iraq, leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. The film records the journey of German Yazidi journalist Düzen Tekkal and her father to explore the family’s Yazidi roots, a trip that becomes an odyssey to chronicle the genocide as it unfolds. The film demonstrates Yazidi resistance – armed, political, and spiritual – as well as the violence.

Wednesday April 19, 2017 | 6:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

 In this World (Trailer)

Young Jamal and his older cousin Enayat embark on a runaway journey from a Pakistani refugee camp to the promise of a better life in the UK. 

(Michael Winterbottom, Docudrama, 90 mins)

Tuesday April 11, 2017 | 6:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Finding Bosnia (Trailer)

Ivana Horvat fled Sarajevo with her mother when she was only four years old after a close sniper attack. Twenty years later she returns to her home country and takes us on a journey to the Balkans to discover the roots, culture and people who eventually form her ‘Bosnia’.

Friday March 31, 2017 | 4:30pm

Davies Auditorium (Becton Center) 

Tickling Giants (Trailer) 

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef creates the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.

Wednesday March 1, 2017 | 6:00pm
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

 Triage (Trailer)

Nobel Laureate and former president of MSF Dr. James Orbinski travels back to Africa where he spent years as a field doctor, during the Somali famine and the Rwandan genocide, reflecting on the moral dilemmas of humanitarian aid in conflict situations.

(Patrick Reed, Documentary, 90 mins)

Wednesday February 8, 2017 | 6:00pm

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

 A World Not Ours (Trailer)

A passionate, bittersweet account of one Palestinian family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees in Lebanon. 

(Mahdi Fleifel, Autobiographical Documentary, 93 mins)