Best Films About Immigration

Immigration is on spotlight at the 40th Denver Film Festival

There’s no doubt that immigration is something of a hot-button issue these days. And when it comes to Colorado, we tend to see it all through a progressive lens.

One of the many ways we’re doing this is by highlighting films at the 40th Denver Film Festival that focus on the struggles and hardships that many immigrants face–and not just here in the States, but throughout the world. From Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow” to a short film about disguising yourself as an animal in order to migrate to a new country, check out some of the best stories about immigration ever to grace the big screen during the first week of November.

Monument/Monumento

Monument DFF
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Directed by Laura Gabbert (“City of Gold,” “No Impact Man”), “Monument/Monumento” grants audiences a glimpse at Friendship Park, an area in San Ysidro, California, on the US-Mexico border where people from both countries can communicate with one another through a metallic meshed fence. This short bilingual film follows a Mexican US Border Patrol agent as he grants locals access to the highly secured area. It is being presented as part of the Shorts 4 series.

Showtimes: Saturday, November 11, at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, November 12, at 1:45 p.m. All screenings will be at the UA Denver Pavilions, located at 500 16th Street, on the third floor. For ticket information, click here.

Human Flow

Human Flow DFF
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World-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sets his sights on documenting the depths of the global refugee crisis in this powerful new documentary. There are currently more than 65 million refugees today, and Ai Weiwei exposes how many of these people came to be displaced, what their journeys have been like, as well as the struggles they continue to face in a world that often seems determined not to help. Considering the popularity of the artist/director, this film is sure to be one of the most popular at the Denver Film Festival.

Showtime: Tuesday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter. For ticket information, click here.

Animal

Animal DFF
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To what lengths will people go to leave a country behind in search of something better– something more? That’s what we find out with “Animal,” a short by the brothers and directors Bahman and Bahran Ark. In this 15-minute film out of Iran, we follow a man who disguises himself as a ram in order to cross a border. “Animal” is playing as part of the Student Shorts 3 series.

Showtimes: Thursday, November 9, at 9:15 p.m., Friday, November 10, at 9:00 p.m. All screenings will be at the UA Denver Pavilions, located at 500 16th Street, on the third floor. For ticket information, click here.

Moving Parts

Moving Parts DFF
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One of the most incredible, moving films about the difficulties of immigration is “Moving Parts,” a film out of Trinidad and Tobago. Directed by former Coloradan Emilie Upczak, the film delivers a female perspective on human smuggling and sex trafficking while following the story of Zhenzhen (played by Valerie Tian of “Juno” fame), a young Chinese woman smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago after the death of her father. But what awaits Zhenzhen is worse and more complex than what she originally imagined.

Showtimes: Friday, November 3, at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, November 5, at 4:15 p.m. All screenings will be at the UA Denver Pavilions, located at 500 16th Street, on the third floor. For ticket information, click here.