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Zolberg Film Competition



Are you a New School student concerned about the portrayal of refugees and immigrants?
The Zolberg Institute, in coordination with the Exodus Institute, is holding a short film contest in
which students are invited to present their best argument as to why the United States should welcome refugees and immigrants. Tell your own personal story, explain the contributions refugees and immigrants have made to this country, or talk about why immigration is part of America’s identity.

The only requirement is that your project address why the United States should welcome refugees and immigrants in a compelling, comprehensive, and creative way.

To Enter:
• You must be a student at The New School
• Your Video must be 2-3 minutes long
• Please send your entry via attachment or link to

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

All submissions will be reviewed by Zolberg Faculty and members of the Exodus Institute.
Submissions may be used on the Zolberg and Exodus Institutes’ websites and/or social media.
One winner will receive a prize of $500 with two runners-up to receive $250 each. The winning films will be screened at the Zolberg Institute’s international conference Escaping Violence: New Approaches to the Refugee Crisis, which will be held at the New School on April 12th, 2019.

Email any questions to

About The Exodus Institute:
Based in Washington, D.C., The Exodus Institute was founded in 2017 inspired by the spirit of the Exodus ship. The historic voyage of the Exodus vessel carried Jewish migrants from Europe to the Middle East in 1947, displaced after surviving the Holocaust. Today, more than 65 million people are displaced due to conflict, intolerance, economic disparity, and environmental disasters. These challenges continue to increase, driving forced migration and creating one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the century. As drivers of migration escalate, so too does negative sentiment.

A key component of our mission is to mobilize the private and international sectors to address the forced migration crisis. We aim to create a public awareness campaign, whereby we present the nation’s willingness and continued ability to absorb immigration as both necessary to and consistent with our democratic values. History has shown that immigration is our tradition; and it has defined and refined our democracy. Through an understanding of the economic, political, and social drivers of immigration in the past, we can create an understanding of how immigration today is a continuation of this long history.

Interested in interning with the Exodus Institute this summer? Contact Anne Gallagher, Associate Director at

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