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  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
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Post-screening discussion

with Paul Tom and Melissa Lefebvre


Bagages opens as a performance, but then turns the spotlight on newly arrived teenage immigrants studying at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d'Outremont High School in Montréal. Through drama workshops, theater production, and deeply personal interviews, the film illuminates their stories of immigration and integration. Their articulate, interesting accounts move between an “elsewhere” and a “before” to become a “here and now.” With a wisdom well beyond their years, these young students share surprising narratives about their journeys with compelling emotion and a disarming level of authenticity. The film offers fresh and open insights into passage, arrival, and assimilation into a strange and foreign environment—in this case, into our neighbor to the north, Canada. (Paul Tom, 2018, 52 minutes)

Later Event: November 11
Closing Film: Genesis 2.0