About the film: From Here

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.

From Here 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 research and production on From Here began in 2006, and spawned the platform Reimaginebelonging.org and the community engagement initiative With Wings and Roots.

From Here

CREDITS

Christina Antonakos-Wallace, (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Co-Editor)
Aletta von Viettinghoff (Editor)
Canan Turan (Creative Producer)
Theresa Navarro (Co-Producer)
Amy Benson (Co-Producer)
Jacqueline Görgen (Co-Director, Miman’s Story)
Alex Guy (Composer)

DIRECTOR’S BIO

Christina works in the intersection of documentary film, new media, and activism. She received her training in NYC at Parsons School of Design and the New School, supported by a Fight for Your Right scholarship from MTV. Her short films have won several awards including the Euromedia Award for Culture & Diversity and the Media that Matters Change Maker Award 2011. They have screened at over 180 events and institutions, often accompanied by workshops on migration, xenophobia, and identity. Parallel to her personal work, she produces videos for NGOs. From Here is a personal project that grew out of her own questions of belonging and social change, raised in the Greek-American community.

With Wings and Roots Teaser

People always try to force this concept of 'roots' on me. On the other side, they describe me as uprooted... pulled from one place and planted somewhere else. I've had to mutate to survive.

Akim, Protagonist Berlin
Image from “Don’t Tell Anyone,” by Mikaela Shwer.

Director Christina Antonakos-Wallace filming protagonist Tania Mattos participating in civil disobedience in New York City.