Screenings & Films

Diaspora: Identity and the Pathos of Global Labor

SF Urban Film Fest   |  

February 6, 2020, 6:30 PM

Tidal forces of capitalist economy, war, and colonialism result in many dimensions of displacement. Cultures clash and merge, political economies reformulate into webs of inter-dependency stretching around the globe, and human beings are flung far from their places of origin. This program explores diaspora through the lens of personal identity, within the context of a global labor market.


Jethro Patalinghug, filmmaker, associate artistic director of Filipino Arts & Cinema, International (FACINE)

Robin Abad Ocibillo

Screening Room


Children of Spring (Germany/USA, 2019, 43 mins) by Dusan Solomun

In this experimental doc, Syrian refugees in Germany re-enact their journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

Ashmina (England/Nepal, 2018, 15 mins) by Dekel Berenson

In an impoverished country, rife with contradiction, a young girl is torn between her obligation to her family and the influence of foreign visitors.

Letter to the Outsider (Hong Kong/Netherlands, 2016, 6 mins) by Dorothy Cheung

Letter to the Outsider is based on a letter that transgresses the boundaries of inside and outside, here and there. Witnessing Hong Kong’s political imprisonment far from home, the film questions human perception of a space or a country, reflected in images of repurposed prisons in the Netherlands.



About SF Urban Film Fest

SF Urban Film Fest gathers a diverse, engaged audience and uses the power of storytelling to spark discussion and civic engagement around urban issues, asking what it means to live together in the city and make urban planning more equitable and inclusive.

The SF Urban Film Fest theme for 2020 explores Place and the Populist Revolt, investigating how cities are ground zero for the struggle to find or hold on to a place, for both incumbents and newly arrived. But even as there are attempts to build walls and to exclude others, the human spirit lives in expressions of belonging and resistance to exclusion. Each film screening is followed by a discussion around developing community-centered solutions to ground audiences in the spirit of place.

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