Homeward: A Screening Series Exploring the Concept of Home

Homeward: A Screening Series Exploring the Concept of Home

Curated by Denisse Andrade

Sponsored by Third World Newsreel

May 20th-21st

The lack of a home may be different than a lack of home; this series addresses the meaning of home and the definitions individuals, cities, nations and cultures work with when referring to such concept. Themes ofdisplacement, (im)migration, uneven development, autonomous spaces, architecture and memory are recurring in the program.

Thursday, May 20th, 7:30pm


Doña Ana

Marlon Vásquez Silva, David Sanchez, 2 min.

Animation, Colombia

Ana is a woman who sells medicinal plants in the city of Medellín ,Colombia. While she eats strawberries and talks about their properties, we find out much more.

Here to Stay  


Mansee Kong, 2008, 7 min.

Documentary, USA

Illustrates the effects of gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown as anelderly man and fellow tenants in an endangered single-room occupancy building await the results of an anti-eviction lawsuit



Sara Zia Ebrahimi, 2008, 14 min.

Documentary, USA

In this personal documentary Sara Zia Ebrahimi explores her experiences livingas an urban nomad and immigrant in the post-industrial landscape of Philadelphia.

The documentary first began exploring the role artists play in gentrification.

Four Places Like Home


Simone Viger, 2008, 4 min.

Documentary, Canada

Do you know the history of your home?  How much of the past can be read? This portrait of a neighborhood travels to four different reconverted buildings in the South West region ofMontreal, presenting varied notions of home.

Tactical Tourist


Dara Greenwald, 2007, 14 min. 


A DIY portrait of the squatting movement in Barcelona, Spain.  A tourist walks through the city led by squatters – the tour points out buildings turned from abandoned or speculative properties into communal homes and radical cultural spaces.  


Dear Tourist

Cristian Bermudez, 2006, 7 min.

Video letter, Costa Rica

An ordinary house in an ordinary suburb was painted in white and fuchsia colorstripes. A year later, a letter was sent to the neighbors explaining the reasons forthis choice. The same letter was used as script for this film that deals with issues such as identity, immigration and the use of art out of the white cube.

2 Home Movies


Masha Godovannaya, 2009, 9 min.

Experimental documentary, Russia

One can say with some certainty that all of us,with cameras–have shot home movies in their lives.

Now, imagine how a home moviewould look like if it was shot inWarsaw Ghetto at the beginning of 1940s by a German worker during this vacation… 


No Place Like Home

Supafriends, Global Action Project, 2009, 1 min.


A public service announcement focusing on homelessness among LGBTQ youth. 

Featuring a conversation with Rob Robinson, of Picture the Homeless, filmmakers and others TBA.


Friday, May 21, 7:30pm

Ici Et La-Bas(Here and There)

Natalia Rodriguez, 2003, 20 min.

Documentary, France

An immigrant couple in France see their daughters becoming French. In this home of double culture, hopes of going back still exist.


The Cost of Separation

Liz Miller, 2009, 9 min.

Documentary, Canada

“The Cost of Separation” highlights the daily effects of prolonged separation from family members on three parents with refugee status in Canada.



Alana Kakoyiannis, 2009, 18 min.

Documentary, Cyprus

A poetic documentary reflecting on the notion of home through the lens of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriotdisplacement on the dividedisland of Cyprus. The testimonies of twofemale voices living on opposingsides of the Green Line combined with the filmmaker's own observations ofthe present day, capture the potency ofthe political conflict throughpersonal perspectives.



Voices of Women Media, 2007, 12 min.

Video portraits, The Netherlands 

Migrant women flee their homelands in search of a new country offering security,freedom and peace. They leave families and their cultures behind for a chance to improve their political and personal situations. In February 2007, undocumented migrant women residing illegally in a housing shelter in The Netherlands were given media tools to create six intimate videoportraits offering a brief glimpse into this transient period oftheir lives.


Steel Homes

Eva Weber, 2008, 10 min.

Documentary, UK

A poetic exploration of memory and loss, Steel Homes takes the viewer inside the world of a self-storage warehouse, uncovering the hiddent treasures andsecrets behind closed doors.

Warm Place Tonight


Nic Bettauer, 1996, 7 min.

Documentary, USA

This film documents two homeless men’s Sisyphean struggle to safe the life of their friend on thestreets of downtown Los Angeles. The film expresses the men’s feelings ofhelplessness, hopelessness and powerlessness tied to their grief, loss and homelessness.