“Lift with Your Heart”

“Lift with Your Heart” is a film from the series New Immigrant and Refugee Visions.

“Lift with Your Heart” is one of 10 films made by and about immigrants and refugees. We are sharing them as part of Voices, our platform for refugees and immigrants to tell their own stories. We are posting a new film every month in 2020.

About the film “Lift with Your Heart”

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.

About Braulio Tellez-Vilches

Before coming the United States, Braulio Tellez-Vilches was a professor and diplomat in Cuba. He emigrated from Cuba in 2017, and now lives in East Boston, Massachusetts. 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.

Organize a virtual screening or community screening

The New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) film-makers were chosen, trained and mentored by Community Supported Film. You can organize an online or live screening of any or all of the films to inspire conversation and action in your community.

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