Stories Beyond Borders: Virtual Film Screening

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On June 18th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Women AdvaNCe and Working Films will host a FREE virtual screening of the Stories Beyond Borders film series.

You must register through Eventbrite: will send you the program link closer to the date which will grant you access to the films and the follow-up panel discussion. 

Eventbrite link to register
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The program features five short films that show a comprehensive picture of attacks on immigrants in America. These films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy, and resources to support immigrant-led organizing for safety and justice.

The follow-up panel discussion will feature:

  • Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, who has been in sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro NC since May 31, 2017
  • Stefania Arteaga, the Acting Regional Immigrants’ Rights Strategist for the NC ACLU
  • Stephany Mejia, Women AdvaNCe Board Member, a clinical social worker working in early childhood mental health
  • Pilar Timpane, Co-Director, Co-Producer, and Cinematographer of Santuario, one of the 5 films featured in Stories Beyond Borders.

“A year ago, Santuario was broadcast and made widely available to the public. Juana remains in sanctuary and has not seen much change on her case,” filmmaker Pilar Timpane said. “Today, as the world locks down in sanctuary around her, not much changes for her day-to-day. We are hopeful that people will look at the situation of those taking sanctuary differently after having to face isolation to keep their families safe.”

Call for Stories 

We’re currently accepting pitches from the general public for stories related to the topics below. You do not need to be a professional writer to submit a pitch! Please send your story pitches to Once your pitch is approved, your story should be personal and between 750 – 1000 words.

  • Asian American Heritage Month (May)
  • PRIDE Month (June)
  • Immigration Heritage Month (June)
  • Refugee Awareness Month (June) 

* “An example of a pitch could be: I am a Kenyan-American and I’d like to write a story about how my family immigrated to America when I was a teenager. My family experienced X, Y, Z.”

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