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Filmmaker: Braulio Tellez-Vilches
Editor: Alex Morelli
Additional Camera and Sound: Pat Goudvis, Mohammad Arifuzzuman
Choreographer Jean Appolon struggled for years to find a sense of belonging in his native Haiti and in the United States. He discovered his purpose in teaching dance to heal and engage community members of all ages and backgrounds in celebrating cultural diversity.
Emigrated from Cuba in 2017, lives in East Boston, MA
Braulio was a professor and career diplomat in Cuba. He works at ABM Aviation as a safety and catering instructor and volunteers with Catholic Charities and the Irish International Immigrant Center. He is studying to become a Spanish teacher in the Boston Public Schools.
New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) is a collection of documentary films produced by Community Supported Film and made by new immigrants. Their films provide a unique insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The filmmakers made these short films to engage communities in dialogue about immigrants and immigration in the United States. CSFilm: csfilm.org/