Esperanza Center’s Annual Immigration Film Series: Life Across Borders 2018

Welcome to our annual film series, Life across Borders, featuring films that highlight stories affecting immigrants and their families. The films we’ve chosen to screen this year cover many topics: the meaning of ‘whiteness’ in America, the challenges facing undocumented immigrants, and the journeys of refugees seeking safety in Europe. Following each film, we’ll have a community discussion facilitated by an Esperanza Center staff member.

Films begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Esperanza Center. Pizza, popcorn, and refreshments will be served!

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This year’s films are described in more detail below. Please spread the word about these events! All are welcome! For a printer-friendly version of the flyer to the right, click here.

What does it mean to be white? MTV’s ‘White People’ is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today. The film follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, as he travels across the country to get this complicated conversation started. ‘White People’ asks what’s fair when it comes to affirmative action, if colorblindness is a good thing, what privilege really means, and what it’s like to become the “white minority” in your neighborhood. For more information on ‘White People,’ and to join the conversation, head to

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

Check out the trailer here.

The first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war, persecution and hardship — drawing on footage filmed by the families themselves as they leave their homes on dangerous journeys in search of safety and refuge in Europe.

The intimate stories of refugees and migrants, caught in Europe’s tightened borders. Amid the ongoing migration crisis, the film — a sequel to the award-winning 2016 documentary, Exodus –  follows personal journeys over two years, as countries become less welcoming to those seeking refuge.

Directions & Map

Street parking is available on Broadway; city metered rates and a 2-hour limit applies on Broadway (in front of Esperanza) and many spots on Eastern Ave. Be careful not to let your meter expire. The city tickets generously in Fells Point. Limited street parking is also available, sometimes for free, on side residential streets such as Bank St., Regester St., Ann St. and Wolfe St. We recommend not parking on Bank St. more than a block or two west of Broadway for safety concerns — instead, try a few blocks east on Bank St., or on any of the side streets nearby. There is also a parking garage on Fleet Street, only a few blocks away, although there is a fee for that space.

Public transit is a great option as well. We recommend the Charm City Circulator (a free public transit system in Baltimore, which has some routes right near Esperanza), or the Maryland Transit Administration website to learn other bus routes.

Caution pedestrians: Use care crossing the streets in Fells Point, even if there are pedestrian crossing lights. The traffic is heavy and the lights are confusing. There are frequent pedestrian accidents.