BIENVENIDOS A LOS ANGELES has a community-centered immigrant right’s impact initiative raising support for immigrant and refugee communities through uplifting messages of shared humanity, hope and friendship. The film’s characters champion the heroic and heartfelt kinship that immigrant and refugee women and communities possess. Community support and networks are a necessary component for living amidst a difficult immigration scenario.
The current global estimate is that there were around 281 million international migrants in the world in 2020, which equates to 3.6 percent of the global population. Additionally, at least 12 million people have fled their homes since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
We have partnered with The San Fernando Valley Center for Refugee Children, an LA-based non-profit supporting unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States. The film plans to raise awareness and financial support for the organization by hosting community screenings and Q&A’s to spark dialogue about complicated issues surrounding immigration and vulnerable populations. The center was recently recognized as an organization by the Recognition and Accreditation Program (R&A) from the United States Department of Justice.
EDUCATE AND EXPRESS
BIENVENIDOS A LOS ANGELES has plans to facilitate social impact storytelling for the whole family. For example, educational tool kits for classroom/workshop modules centered around immigrant and refugee experiences in Los Angeles, that include a children’s coloring book “WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES / BIENVENIDOS A LOS ANGELES”, which exemplifies the film's message of unity, friendship and diversity. The tool kits will contain a resource list for how to support the vibrant immigrant communities in Los Angeles.
SPOTLIGHT ON STORIES
Community and experts share personal stories from local immigrants, who resettled in Los Angeles and are now thriving and contributing members of society. We highlight the economic and cultural contributions immigrants make by showcasing stories from immigrant-owned businesses that are an integral and endearing part of Angeleno culture.