The Visitor

Wednesday, April 25
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1hr 44mins // directed by:Tom McCarthy // featuring:Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira

Following the screening, Boston University’s Dr. Raul Fernandez will lead a discussion on undocumented immigration, featuring executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Eva A. Millona and Director of the Essex County Community Organization Alexandra Pineros-Shields. 

When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find undocumented immigrants Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) living in his apartment.

It comes out that it was rented to them by a swindler, and Vale feels sufficiently sorry for them that he invites them to stay. They get on well until Tarek is accused of jumping a subway turnstile and lands in a detention center. He risks being deported, and Vale does everything he can to prevent it.

About Wide Lens

Wide Lens is a film and discussion series that provides a forum for community conversation around pressing social issues and underrepresented perspectives. Events will include a film screening and post-film panel discussion dedicated to a specific topic (e.g. race in America, immigration, #MeToo). Audience members will have the opportunity to join in the discussion following the panel. Wide Lens is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

About Dr. Raul Fernandez

Dr. Raul Fernandez is a lecturer at Boston University’s School of Education. He teaches a graduate course on diversity and justice in education and studies the impact of school segregation on the racial dialogue gap. He also serves as a Town Meeting Member for Brookline's 9th Precinct, as a board member for the Brookline Teen Center, and as an active member of Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity.