Date(s) - 11/30/2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kala Art Institute
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- 6:30PM Doors Open
- 7PM Film Screening (30mins. | Documentary)
As a part of our current exhibition “Turning Tales – New Work by 2017-2018 Veterans Residency Artists (OCT 11-DEC 15),” Kala Art Gallery is excited to host “Exiled,” Film Screening and Q & A session.
Two military veterans, both green card immigrants willing to die for their country, find themselves deported and are now fighting to be heard. Stuck in Mexico, Army combat veteran Mauricio Hernandez struggles to find adequate treatment for his severe PTSD, while former paratrooper Hector Barajas fights to reunite with his daughter in Los Angeles, and raise awareness about deported veterans. This film is a persuasive and intimate look at the human consequences of current U.S. immigration policy.
Following the film screening, there will be a Q & A session with Mike Seely (Director), Alfredo Figueroa and Zachary Valdez (UC Berkeley student veterans working on projects around the issue of deported veterans), and Hector Barajas (a Veteran featured in the film).
Co-hosted by Cal Veteran Services Center at UC Berkeley.
Mike Seely – Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Director/Cinematographer Mike Seely has produced, directed and photographed dozens of cross-cultural and international documentary projects. His work has been broadcast in the US and screened at festivals worldwide including Slamdance, Tribeca, Toronto International Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. His 2010 film The Most Distant Places about a rural hospital project in Ecuador is in distribution through New Day Films. As a freelance cinematographer and producer, he works with independent directors, non-profit, broadcast and commercial clients such as National Geographic, MTV2, Frontline World, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Facebook, and Williams-Sonoma. Recent DP credits include: Hard Earned (prod. Kartemquin Films, Al Jazeera America broadcast 2015), Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (Tribeca 2015), and Daughters of the Forest (ITVS/PBS broadcast 2015). In 2005, he completed his MA in documentary film production at Stanford University, and for 2010 he received a Fulbright grant to work in Lodz, Poland on a project exploring the Polish documentary film tradition.
An entrepreneur and activist. He is an Army combat veteran (Iraq and Afghanistan) that graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Alfredo loves to engage in projects that build bridges of solidarity among different communities.