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Thu, Aug 11


The Kennedy Center, REACH

Cultivating Communities of Welcome - Panel Discussion & Film Screening of "I Come From Away"

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Cultivating Communities of Welcome - Panel Discussion & Film Screening of "I Come From Away"
Cultivating Communities of Welcome - Panel Discussion & Film Screening of "I Come From Away"

Time & Location

Aug 11, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The Kennedy Center, REACH, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA

About the Event


Join One Journey and the Immigration Film Festival (IFF) for a pre-screening discussion on Cultivating Communities of Welcome. For newcomer refugees and immigrants, it can be not only difficult but frightening to integrate into a new and foreign community. This journey toward integration can be made much easier when the host community is actively creating opportunities for welcoming. Join Nyamuon Nguany Machar “Moon”, a spoken word poet, army veteran, and activist, and Charles C. Stuart, a writer, producer, and director, as they discuss welcoming in the U.S. Moon will share her experience as a refugee to a predominately white community in Maine and her work to welcome refugees and immigrants to her community since. We'll hear from Charles about his film I Come From Away, which features Moon's story, and how film can be used as a tool to promote positive narratives around immigration and refugee resettlement. Stay after the panel for a screening of the documentary film and IFF 2022 selection, I Come From Away.


Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 7:00pm-9:30pm


The Kennedy Center, REACH, 7:30pm at River Pavilion for panel and 8:30pm at Bluestone Stage (Film Wall) for film screening.

*This film screening will be outdoors and bringing blankets or chairs for seating is suggested.

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Nyamuon Nguany Machar “Moon”

Originally from South Sudan, Nyamuon Nguany Machar is a spoken word poet, army veteran, activist for refugees and asylum seekers, and currently serves as a cultural representative for Disability Rights Maine. Machar is recipient of the rising Advocate award from the Bazelon Center in Washington DC and the Diaspora Award from the Luol Deng foundation, recognized for her advocacy work around South Sudan. Today Moon works at a wellness Partner for MANA, The Maine Association for New Americans. There she supports Asylum Seekers find pathways to mental health services and fosters safe spaces to speak on past and present traumas.

Charles C. Stuart

Charles Stuart is president of Stuart Productions, which was incorporated in June 1987, and specializes in producing documentaries.  His company has provided more than sixty hours of documentary programming for most major networks. His work includes eight FRONTLINES and other documentaries for PBS, many co-productions with ABC News, stories for 60 MINUTES on CBS, and documentaries for Home Box Office, The Discovery Channel, A&E, TLC, Lifetime, CNN, MSNBC, National Geographic, and ESPN.

Stuart has extensive experience in reporting and filmmaking around the world with an emphasis in the Middle East.  He wrote, produced and directed four films for The New Heroes a series about social entrepreneurs for PBS which was shot in Kenya, Egypt, Bangladesh and Zambia.  He was awarded a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to produce a documentary about extremism in the Middle East.

He was a Visiting Professor at Hunter College in New York for the spring semester in 2008. He also has consulted internationally as a teacher of broadcast journalism.

Recipient of five national EMMYS, one Peabody, two Duponts, three regional EMMYS and various other national awards for excellence in journalism, Stuart has forty years experience in news programming, live special events and documentary filmmaking.

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