From Here is a hopeful story of Tania, Sonny, Miman, and Akim - artists and activists based in Berlin and New York, whose lives and futures hang in the balance of immigration and integration debates. As the US and Germany grapple with racism, nationalism, and a fight against diversity, our protagonists move from their 20s into their 30s and face major turning points in their lives: fighting for citizenship, starting families, and finding room for creative expression. Spanning a decade in two of the world’s largest centers of immigration, this sensitive and nuanced documentary captures their journeys to define what it means to “belong” in societies that are increasingly hostile to their existence.
“In the face of nationalism, we need narratives that connect us to our interdependence, challenge our assumptions, and open our imagination. The stories in From Here invite viewers to engage with—rather than retreat from—our global reality.” - Christina Antonakos-Wallace, director, From Here
Many languages are spoken in this film. When you press play, be sure to select which language for subtitles works for you. This film offers both English and Spanish subtitles, as well as closed captioning. You can select these options by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player.
Thank you to everyone who joined our digital film festival screening + live Q&A on June 14. You can still watch the film until June 20, and view the recording of the Q&A with filmmaker Christina Antonakos-Wallace, HRW’s US Program Senior Researcher Grace Meng, and film participants Sonny Singh & Tania Mattos here on our Facebook page or below in our “bonus content” section.
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English, German, Spanish, Punjabi, Romani, Vietnamese
English, Spanish; Castilian