MNN’s Film Series: The Cinema of Immigration

What does it mean to be an immigrant in the United States? MNN's 10-week film series, curated by Mark Ethan Toporek, will take a deep dive into the immigrant experience through films that reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our nation's history.

Following each screening, please join us for an interactive discussion led by the series curator, Mark Ethan Toporek. He is a member of the Actors Studio, and has appeared in films including "The Secret Lives of Dentists," "The Confession" and "Lesser Prophets." He has been presenting the Film Series at the Queens Museum of Art since 1998, and a variety of cinema classes for 92Y since 2003.

Event Details: Screenings will be held every Thursday from 6pm-9pm at MNN's 59th street facility beginning October 18 - December 27

Note: In observance of Thanksgiving, there will not be a screening held on November 22

Cost: $30 for entire 10-week series or $5 per individual screening

Light refreshments will be served!

Series Registration - Sign up for the entire series for $30

Oct 18, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
Sign up for the entire 10-week film series for $30!
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Upcoming Screenings

Oct 18, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
HOLLYWOODISM (1997), directed by Simcha Jacobovici, 92 mins. An entertaining documentary illustrating how the immigrant experience became both a projection and a mirror of the American Dream.
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Oct 25, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
HESTER STREET (1975), directed by Joan Micklin Silver, 92 min. A young Jewish immigrant joins her husband at Ellis Island, only to find he has forsaken his Old World ways. Starring Carol Kane and Steven Keats.
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Nov 1, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
THE MAMBO KINGS (1992), directed by Arne Glimcher, 104 min. Colorful adaptation of Oscar Hijuelos’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about two brothers who leave Cuba for the U.S. to establish their own band. Starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.
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Nov 8, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (1984), directed by Paul Mazursky, 115 min. A comedy-drama with Robin Williams as a Russian musician who defects to the U.S. during a trip to Bloomingdale’s and tries to adjust to a new life in a new land. With Maria Conchita Alonso.
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Nov 15, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
AMREEKA (2009), directed by Cherien Dabis, 96 min. Both friction and unexpected humor arise when a West Bank Arab mother (Muna Farah) wins a Green Card in a lottery and relocates with her family to the American Midwest.
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Nov 29, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
I REMEMBER MAMA (1948), directed by George Stevens, 134 min. Irene Dunne stars in this classic adaptation of Kathryn Forbes' memoir about growing up in a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco.
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Dec 6, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
THE WEDDING BANQUET (1993), directed by Ang Lee, 108 min. A poignant and comedic look at cultural identity and child-parent relations as a gay Taiwanese-American tries to fool his parents with a fake wedding.
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Dec 13, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
LA CIUDAD (1999), directed by David Riker, 88 min. An inspirational ensemble piece, this Spanish-language, black-and-white, neorealist depiction explores the lives of undocumented immigrants in Manhattan.
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Dec 20, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
A BETTER LIFE (2011), directed by Chris Weitz, 98 min. Demian Bichir received a surprise Oscar nomination playing a gardener in East LA who struggles to protect his son from gangs as well as immigration agents.
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Dec 27, 2018 6:00 PM
Location: 
59th St
Language: 
English
THE GOOD LIE (2014), directed by Philippe Falardeau, 110 min. A group of young Sudanese refugees arrive in the US and get help from Reese Witherspoon as an employment agency counselor.
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