Join us as we toast our progress so far on A PLACE TO BREATHE – a film that tells the stories of immigrant and refugee health care providers and clients in Oakland, CA and Lowell, MA. In the midst of an increasingly xenophobic climate, the film follows individuals and families from Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, Congo, and Cambodia, humanizing their intertwined struggles and sharing their perspectives that enrich and strengthen our communities. As violences destabilizes populations across the country and the world, A Place To Breathe Film moves audiences to envision new understandings of wellness for all.
Enjoy a special work-in-progress fundraising screening and meet the filmmakers and key players at Street Level Health Project, one of the clinics featured in the film.
Watch a five minute introduction to the project: https://vimeo.com/322525233
Learn how your financial contribution can make a difference in raising awareness, expanding definitions of wellness, and supporting cross-pollination of best practices of culturally responsive, trauma-informed care. We look forward to welcoming you into our community, and hope also that you will utilize your own potential for advocacy whether as patients, providers, or community members.
6:30 pm: Reception*
7:15 pm: Filmmaker’s Introduction
7:30 pm: Work-in-Progress Screening
8:00 pm: Filmmaker Q&A
Not able to attend the event? Visit bit.ly/aptb-donate to support the completion of the film and the important work that Street Level Health Project provides to the Bay Area community. Donations are tax deductible.
About the Film:
A PLACE TO BREATHE weaves together immigrant and refugee stories anchored in two public health centers – Street Level Health Project in Oakland, California and Metta Health Center (a refugee-focused branch of Lowell Community Health Center) in Lowell, Massachusetts. Each has its own approach to “Whole Community” health care, which embraces the prominent role that communities play in creating diverse paths to wellbeing. The stories portrayed in our film provide powerful insight into how the current political climate impacts individuals as the uncertainty of immigration policy intersects with the future of healthcare. Yet it is the ways that communities move forward in spite of these threats, and the coping mechanisms that they develop, that are at the heart of A PLACE TO BREATHE – http://www.underexposedfilms.com/a-place-to-breathe.html
About Street Level Health Project:
Street Level Health Project (SLHP) is an Oakland-based community center dedicated to improving the wellbeing of underinsured, uninsured, and recently arrived immigrants in Alameda County. The organization promotes self-sufficiency for marginalized people of color by creating equitable and dignified access to health and employment regardless of socioeconomic or immigration status. SLHP engages community in constructing collective power and leadership in order to advance a more just, inclusive, and empathetic society. Learn more at http://streetlevelhealthproject.org/
This special work-in-progress fundraising screening event is sponsored by Community Bank of the Bay and North Berkeley Investment Partners.