Mosaic America and San José Museum of Art present an online screening and discussion of FROM HERE, a documentary following four young people in the US and Germany who are fighting to belong in an era of rising nationalism. Join a rich discussion about migration and citizenship with the film's director and featured activists, followed by an audience Q+A moderated by Mosaic America Co-founder Usha Srinivasan.


A screening of the documentary "FROM HERE" followed by an online discussion on “Redefining Belonging in an Era of Rising Nationalism"

About this event
Mosaic America and San Jose Museum of Art are pleased to present this event as part of the museum's Third Thursday Series.

Film description: From Here is a hopeful story of Tania, Sonny, Miman, and Akim - artists and activists based in Berlin and New York whose lives and futures hang in the balance of immigration and integration debates. As the US and Germany grapple with racism, nationalism, and a fight against diversity, our protagonists move from their 20s into their 30s and face major turning points in their lives: fighting for citizenship, starting families, and finding room for creative expression. Spanning a decade in two of the world’s largest centers of immigration, this sensitive and nuanced documentary captures their journeys to define what it means to “belong” in societies that are increasingly hostile to their existence.

Screening access will be available for one week prior to the event. Registrants will receive a password protected link to view the film on Vimeo.

About the Panel

In part two of Mosaic’s new series “From Diversity to Belonging", we will engage in a rich discussion with the FROM HERE team about the film’s core themes of migration, citizenship, rising nationalism, and how a young generation in both the US and Germany are claiming belonging. We will learn about the fifteen year journey tracking these these issues in both Europe and the U.S. and making the film. This event will include viewing and discussing excerpts from the work, moderated discussion and audience q&a.

Christina Antonakos-Wallace (Director) is an award winning filmmaker and cultural organizer whose practice is centered around facilitating conversations about migration, racism and belonging. Her short films and interactive work has been exhibited in over a dozen countries–in diverse contexts from schools, to festivals, to corporations. Awards include the Euromedia Award for Culture & Diversity (2011), a Media that Matters Change Maker Award (2012), and recognition from the German Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance (2015). From Here is her first feature-length documentary.

Sonny Singh is a Brooklyn-based musician, educator, and activist who has been active in social justice movements for over 20 years. For the last decade, he has brought his fiery trumpet playing and vocals to audiences around the world as an original member of the bhangra brass band Red Baraat. Sonny is currently finishing up his debut solo album entitled Chardi Kala, the Sikh concept of revolutionary eternal optimism.

Tania Mattos is a Bolivia born, Aymara-descendent immigrant raised in Queens, New York. She is an organizer, activist and strategist. Currently, the Northeast Policy and Monitoring Manager for Freedom For Immigrants, she works to end immigration detention in New York and across the country while conducting human rights monitoring in these facilities. She credits her culture and upbringing in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY for her fierce passion to organize, build leadership and work towards a vision of freedom for all immigrant and marginalized communities. Tania was a DACA recipient from 2012 to 2019.

The Q & A will be moderated by Mosaic America CEO and Co-founder, Usha Srinivasan. 

Listen to Content Podcast with Usha, Episode #29



Online screening access will be available for one week prior to the event.

Registrants will receive a password-protected link to view the film on Vimeo.


Thursday, May 20 | 6–7:15pm PDT
Free; registration required.