FROM HERE/FROM THERE (DE AQUÍ/DE ALLÁ)

ACT OF IMPACT | WORLD PREMIERE

Director MARLENE GALE MORRIS (US 2024) 66 min

Meet Luis Cortes Romero, the charismatic Bay Area immigration attorney who defies stereotypes with his upbeat demeanor and relentless advocacy for the American Dream. As ICE threatens 700,000 undocumented residents, Luis emerges as a fearless champion, making history as the first undocumented immigrant to argue a case in the U.S. Supreme Court. This well-crafted blend of interviews, observational footage, archival news clips, and animations illuminates both his moving personal narrative and the ever-shifting political landscape for all undocumented people. Luis and his remarkable team’s landmark Supreme Court victory secured crucial protections for DACA recipients, yet recent court rulings jeopardize the program, imperiling the futures of hundreds of thousands of individuals. Directed by Oakland filmmaker Marlene “Mo” Morris, From Here/From There highlights the high-stakes urgency of immigration reform as well as the path paved by one leader’s inspiring journey.

IN PERSON: Director MARLENE GALE MORRIS, Producers JED RIFFE and NICOLE SOLIS-SISON, Film Protagonist LUIS CORTES

Adding to the evening’s excitement, Bay Area Rapper Deuce ECLIPSE, the creative force behind the film’s closing song, will deliver an energetic live performance. Known for his dynamic blend of bilingual lyricism and cultural influences, Deuce ECLIPSE draws inspiration from his Nicaraguan roots and the rich tapestry of the vibrant hip-hop spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area and global hip-hop communities.

FRIDAY, MAY 3 • 7:00

$16.50 GENERAL  |  $14 MEMBERS
$15 SENIOR (65+)
$8 STUDENTS w/ ID & YOUTH (12 & under)

DIRECTOR

Former BAVC MediaMaker Fellow and CINE Golden Eagle Award winner MARLENE “MO” MORRIS’ feature-length documentary, A NEW COLOR: The Art of Being Edythe Boone, has been broadcast on PBS’s America ReFramed and won several festival awards. Her approach to filmmaking is informed by ten years as an immigration attorney and extensive experience as a mediator and social-justice organizer.

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:US
YEAR:2024
RUNNING TIME:66 min
LANGUAGE:English
DIRECTOR:Marlene Gale Morris
WRITER:Marlene Gale Morris
PRODUCERS:Jed Riffe, Nicole Solis-Sison
CONSULTING PRODUCER:Carlos Sandoval
CINEMATOGRAPHER:Vicente Franco
EDITOR:Manuel Tsingaris
NOTE WRITER:Michelle Svenson

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