Joe T. will be moderating a panel after the screening of New Sanctuary that will consist of the filmmaker Andre Daughtry, Ramesh, Brother(hood) Dance, Storae Michele, and Immigration activists seeking immigration reform in New York City. You can RSVP by clicking on the Here. The panel will be followed by a reception and New Sanctuary photography exhibit.
New Sanctuary is a speculative film and photography exhibit that follows the deportation case of a former US green card holder of African descent named “Ramesh” who is currently fighting his deportation back to Guyana where he is a naturalized citizen. Ramesh was convicted of a crime for which he served his time and was released but which ultimately stripped him of his Green card. As a result of his previous conviction and an escalation of deportations as a result of changes in US immigration policies, Ramesh was detained for a year and a half by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Upon release, Ramesh was ordered to wear an electronic tracking device around his ankle and ordered to report regularly to ICE offices in downtown Manhattan. The film depicts the support of the New Sanctuary Coalition, which is an interfaith coalition of activists who assists impacted individuals under current immigration policies.