Do You Think God Loves Immigrant Kids, Mom?Scene from film.

The Arlington International Film Festival and the Council on Aging presents the film "Do You Think God Loves Immigrant Kids, Mom?"

It is to be presented at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the main hall of the Arlington Community Center.

The showing is free. RSVP to the Council on Aging at 781-316-3400.

This Armenian-language documentary follows families who have migrated to Turkey. The film is shown with English subtitles.

Directed by Rena Lusin Bitmez, the 90-minute documentary made in 2019 tells the struggle of Armenian families migrated to Turkey/Istanbul who try to provide education for their children despite all the circumstances. In the core of this struggle, which started in 2003, there stands a dining hall-centered school, in a basement of a church where migrant children receive education from volunteer educators.During the film, the struggle of children and their families, their daily lives, their former habits, longings, their hardship associated with living in a foreign land are told through the eyes of four migrant children.Among the festivals and awards involving this film are the 69th Berlin Film Festival, 72nd Cannes Film Festival and the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Nice International Film Festival (Best Foreign Language Documentary, Best Cinematography in a Documentary and Best Director of a Foreign Language Documentary).



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This news announcement was published Tuesday, April 18, 2023, based on information from Kristine Shah, director, Council on Aging.


This news announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 5, 2022, based on information from the festival. It was updated April 14, 2023, to include more information.