From the epicenter of today's global migration debates, FROM HERE follows four young people who represent the future of global citizenry. Filmed over the better part of a decade in two of the world’s largest immigration countries–the U.S. and Germany–FROM HERE captures an international generation’s fight for belonging in an era of rising nationalism.
Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves the stories of Tania, Miman, Sonny and Akim – artists and activists raised in the Global North to parents from the Global South. The film accompanies them as they move from their 20’s into their 30’s, facing major turning points: fighting for citizenship, creating a family, surviving violence, and finding creative expression. Beautifully shot over the course of ten years, the film captures their struggle to define belonging for themselves in societies increasingly hostile to their existence.
The film is accompanied by a robust transmedia project that includes a web-platform and educational initiative (Reimaginebelonging.org).
Humans have always migrated to survive and thrive. And while migration is as old as humanity, its speed has increased. Migration is currently changing the face of nearly every society around the world. Goods, weapons, capital, pollutants, and information can move ever more freely, but humans cannot. Millions are denied their basic dignity because of being born on the wrong side of a border or trying to crossing one. Nationalism is on the rise.
FROM HERE counters the culture of fear with a culture of possibility. It's protagonists are caught in the crosshairs of polarized debates, who have chosen to transform their struggles into action to help shape the conversation.
This film grew from a very personal search around identity and belonging. Raised within the Greek-American community, I struggled to reconcile my community’s conservative approaches to gender with my own need for emancipation. This search ultimately led into immigrant rights activism, and to an awareness of the global crisis around national identity.
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.