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What We Carry With Us: A Refugee Storytelling Lab with Guest Curator Citizen Film

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomPhone: 510-848-0237 ext.142Email:

Co-presented by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay

Fee: $8 (Presale, Senior, Student, Member); $12 (At the Door)

You have one hour to gather your most helpful belongings and leave your home. What do you take with you? What do you leave behind? What objects do you prize most in the course of your escape and once you are resettled? This multimedia event -- including film, photography, and first-person accounts -- tells the stories of objects curated by refugees who eventually resettled in the Bay Area. The refugees will discuss with the audience what objects have to tell us about the meaning of home, when, in the words of poet Warsaw Shire, "home is the mouth of a shark."

Discussion will be moderated by Citizen Film's Sam Ball and will include Ugandan refugee Zander Berkeley Liberty and other refugees; Amy Weiss, Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services at Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay; and Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of UC Berkeley's Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

Join us for tea and a community conversation. Cookies will be provided by The Bread Project, a local organization aimed to empower individuals with limited resources on their path to self-sufficiency. In the past two years, they have served over 50 refugees/immigrants/asylees and have had partnerships with refugee resettlement organizations such as JFCS and IRC.

Citizen Film is a media arts nonprofit guided by the belief that documentary film and multimedia projects crafted with care and dignity provide audiences with a powerful means for engaging with culture, community and the most pressing issues of our time.

What We Carry With Us: A Refugee Storytelling Lab is part of an ongoing collaboration between Citizen Film and UC Berkeley's Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, with participation from students in the Mapping Diasporas research project and course, led by Professor Spagnolo; supported by Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley. The following students contributed to the evening's programming: Parker Bohls, Adah Forer, Aiko Gonzalez, Clayton Hale, Suraj Ramrakhyani and Corey Scher. Collaboration between Citizen Film and the Magnes is supported in part by the Covenant Foundation, which recognizes the diversity of strengths within the field of Jewish education by honoring outstanding educators and supporting creative approaches to programming.