Photo by Shira Walinsky.


New Short Films. Stories of Migration and Immigration. 

Making Home Movies, a signature project from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light program will screen a series of new short films at Mifflin Square Park, 500 Wolf Street, on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, as part of Mural Arts Month presented by Chase. Refreshments are served, starting at 6 pm.

Photo by Shira Walinsky.

About the Project 

Making Home Movies is in its second iteration. The project is a community-building partnership that brings together adult and youth English language learners with filmmakers and community leaders to explore the language and imagery of home.

Photo by Shira Walinsky.

About the Films 

Refugee families from Bhutan and Burma share intergenerational stories of survival and making a new life in the United States. As parents interview children and children interview their parents, their different realities of migration emerge. For both parents and children, life in another country is an ongoing experience of Making Home. 

The new films in this series emerged from stories told by participants in ESL classes at Southeast by Southeast, a 10-year storefront community center in South Philadelphia offering arts, education, and cultural programs.

Filmmaker: Shira Walinsky
Community Leader: Naw Doh
Project Participants: Gay Lay, Mu Nae, Dhan Tamang, Amanda Tamang, Hae Paw, Hser Ku, Mu Pah Doh, Naw Lah Lwe Thaw, Mnar Shay

Major funding: PNC Arts Alive
Additional support: City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and the William Penn Foundation.
In partnership with: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Photo by Shira Walinsky.

Photo by Shira Walinsky.

Mural Arts Month presented by Chase, a month-long celebration in October of all the ways Mural Arts Philadelphia uses art to transform public spaces and individual lives, is back. This year’s theme is “Resilience”, recognizing the power of art to keep Philadelphia inspired and moving forward. The activity-filled month will feature mural dedications, panel discussions, community events, artist spotlights, film screening, mural tours, and more.