Join the International Documentary Association and Sisters in Cinema on Wednesday, June 28, for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film Traces of Home. We will be joined by director Colette Ghunim in a conversation moderated by Kim Chayeb.
About the Work-in-Progress Film: Traces of Home
Flipping through family photo albums, I ask my parents what made them come to the United States from Mexico and Palestine. My mother slowly responds, “We didn’t move to the United States as immigrants looking for a better life. We were running away from something.” For me, this statement is pivotal. Growing up detached from my roots, I hadn't thought much about my parents’ migration stories before. What were they running away from?
Over grainy VHS footage of our seemingly typical American family, my brother shares his definition of home. Troubled memories begin to unravel. On Christmas Day, 1997, I open presents, and a letter from “Santa” asks me to promise my mother not to cry anymore. Ramsey recounts that, although our parents loved us, he always felt something was missing.
Filmed over five years, Traces of Home is a personal story about my relationship with my family through the lens of intergenerational trauma. Interweaving two international trips to find my parents’ ancestral homes in Mexico and Palestine, extensive family video archives, and intimate conversations with my family, what begins as a desire to connect to my cultural origins turns into an internal quest to heal myself and my family.
DocuClub is a work-in-progress screening series offering the public and members of the documentary film community a first look of new projects. Filmmakers and creators have the opportunity to showcase their rough cut and consult feedback from their peers and audience. To apply to participate in DocuClub with your own work-in-progress project, click here.
The screening will be held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637)
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Screening, followed by a moderated feedback discussion with the filmmakers from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Space is limited. All RSVPs are first-come, first-served. Admission not guaranteed.
ASL and/or live captioning can be requested for the feedback discussion. Please email your request to email@example.com by June 14, 2023.
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Sister in Cinema
Sisters in Cinema was founded in 1997 as an online resource for and about African American women media makers. Today we are a Chicago based 501(c)3 non-profit with an inclusive mission to center and celebrate Black girls, women, and gender nonconforming media makers, providing programs designed to educate, raise visibility, and support and serve our communities.
We envision a world where all Black girls, women and gender nonconforming media makers and storytellers have equal opportunities to create and thrive.
The Video Consortium is a global nonprofit media organization that connects and supports today's nonfiction filmmakers and video journalists to tell bold stories that change the world.
By and for filmmakers, our programs help democratize the media landscape by fostering compassionate storytelling, supporting professional and artistic growth, and inspiring audiences everywhere.
Chicago officially launched in October 2021 and became the Video Consortium's thirteenth local chapter worldwide. We've been hosting regular screening events and happy hours around the city ever since.