General Public

The Journey of Vaan Nguyen

May’s Free Friday Films selections are complimentary to the NEA Big Read Program’s 2024 selection, “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui. The book chronicles Thi Bui’s parents’ life before and during the Vietnam War, their escape from Vietnam when Bui was a child, and their eventual migration to the United States as refugees. Our film selections tell diverse stories about migration and immigration all over the world and the scope of experiences this brings, from hardships and pain to love and unexpected kinship.

Chinese Immigration Story Time

Join Yale Repertory Theatre for a special story time and kite-making activity. We will be reading Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki, which tells the story of Chinese-American illustrator and kite-maker Tyrus Wong. Inspired by Wong’s work as a kite-maker, each child will get a chance to construct and take home their own paper kite.

Iraqi Odyssey

May’s Free Friday Films selections are complimentary to the NEA Big Read Program’s 2024 selection, “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui. The book chronicles Thi Bui’s parents’ life before and during the Vietnam War, their escape from Vietnam when Bui was a child, and their eventual migration to the United States as refugees. Our film selections tell diverse stories about migration and immigration all over the world and the scope of experiences this brings, from hardships and pain to love and unexpected kinship.

America Unfiltered: Portraits and Voices of a Nation

During the pandemic’s peak, two immigrant filmmakers from Panama and Russia traversed the U.S. to capture America’s essence. Their project, “America Unfiltered,” explores whether empathy and listening can bridge national divides. Through candid conversations on politics, race, love, and immigration, the film and photo exhibit aim to foster understanding and optimism for America’s future. This journey documents diverse American experiences, highlighting our common humanity in a time of division.

Elm City: The Heartbeat of Connecticut

Embark on a cinematic odyssey that celebrates the vibrant tapestry of the Hill, Dixwell, Newhallville, Fair Haven, Long Wharf, and West Hills/West Rock neighborhoods. This compelling new documentary delves deep into the roots, evolution, and future prospects of these diverse communities. Join us for an enlightening Q&A session as we explore the cultural richness that defines our city. Don’t miss this captivating cinematic experience!

Dixwell Neighborhood Festival

Dixwell Freddy Fixer Neighborhood Festival, on the Q House Plaza, 197 Dixwell Ave., New Haven; Featuring over 40 vendors, food trucks, line dancing, children’s activities, giveaways, and live music featuring Michael Mills, Manny James and Creative Hearts, and Ricky Alan Draughn. Hosted by WYBC’s, Daryl Huckaby and DJ Platinum.

Newhallville Neighborhood Festival

Rev your engines and get ready for the ultimate neighborhood celebration at the Newhallville Neighborhood Festival! Join us at Basset Street Park on Sunday, May 26th, 2024, from 2pm to 6pm, for an afternoon packed with excitement. From a dazzling car show to toe-tapping music and performances, delicious food, and fantastic vendors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Don’t miss out on the fun – mark your calendars now!

West Hills/West Rock Neighborhood Festival

Join us at the West Hills/West Rock Neighborhood Festival on Saturday, May 25th, 2024, from 3 pm to 7 pm at West Rock STREAM Academy (311 Valley St, New Haven, CT 06515). Experience the joy of “Coming Back Home” with headliner Ms. Laeh, fantastic music, vibrant performances, diverse vendors, delicious food, and exciting field games. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community celebration!

Farming While Black

Join us for a special screening of a powerful feature film highlighting the inspiring journey of young Black farmers, featuring Leah Penniman, the 2023 Visionary Leadership Awardee and author of “Farming While Black.” From the heyday of Black-owned farms in 1910 to their decline today, Leah and her colleagues at Soul Fire Farm shed light on the challenges faced by Black farmers in the United States. Explore the deep historical roots of African agrarianism and discover how a new generation is reclaiming their heritage to cultivate a brighter future for us all.

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