From Here (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 29m

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

Bonus Content

55 mins
Live Q&A for From Here

This live Q&A ran on Sunday June 14 with filmmaker Christina Antonakos-Wallace, HRW’s US Program Senior Researcher Grace Meng, and film participants Sonny Singh & Tania Mattos

3 mins
#ImmigrantsAreUS: Stop Trump’s Immigration Agenda

There are 41 million people living in the US who weren’t born here. Donald Trump thinks you should be scared of them. Artist Molly Crabapple and comedian Samantha Bee tell a different story.

English Version

3 mins
#ImmigrantsAreUS: Que se acaba la agenda de inmigración de Trump

Hay 41 millones de personas viviendo en los Estados Unidos que no nacieron aquí. Donald Trump cree que deberías tenerles miedo. La artista Molly Crabapple y el actor Demián Bichir cuentan una historia diferente. Versión en español

4 mins
Why Trump’s Portrayal of Undocumented Immigrants Couldn’t be More Wrong

On September 4, 2014, a 23-year-old construction worker Alan Gonzalez stopped by a local store and discovered an armed robbery in progress. Children were attending pre-school a few doors down. Rather than turn away, Gonzalez went in and confronted the robbers. One pointed a fully loaded 9 mm handgun at his forehead and told him not to call the police. The gunman and his accomplice then fled, but Gonzalez ran after them. He quickly caught the gunman and put him into a headlock. During the ensuing struggle, Gonzalez was shot twice. After Gonzalez was shot a third time, the gunman was able to run away—but Gonzalez was so determined to stop the suspect that he chased him until eventually collapsing on the sidewalk covered in his own blood.

Miraculously, Gonzalez survived and became a star witness for the prosecution. The prosecutor said had Gonzalez not chased down the robbers, they might never have been caught.

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