This Sunday, Jewish Vocational Service will host the 4th annual Crossroads of Culture Film Festival from 1pm to 3:30pm at Screenland Crown Center. Two documentaries – Moving to Mars and Planet of Snail – will be shown to bring awareness to the stories of refugees and individuals facing barriers.
Moving to Mars tells the story of Karen families who, like many Karen English learners in the Kansas City Public Schools, fled from Burma and refugee camps in Thailand to start a new life in a very different country.
Moving to Mars follows two refugee families from Burma over the course of a year that will change their lives completely. Forced from their homeland by the repressive military junta, they have lived in a Thai refugee camp for many years. A resettlement scheme offers them the chance of a new life, but their new home, in the British city of Sheffield, will be different from everything they have ever known.
With intimate access, this feature-length documentary from Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) depicts the families’ moving and sometimes humorous struggles with 21st century Britain. Their stories give us a unique insight into the experiences of displaced people throughout the UK, whilst showing the human consequences of Burma’s political unrest.
Planet of Snail is about a deaf-blind man who has few ties to the outside world when he finds an ideal mate in a disabled woman who expands his universe and inspires his passions.
Screenland Crown Center is located at 2450 Grand Blvd 3rd Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. The event is free. A $10 donation is suggested.