Events | FIRSTHAND: Homeless – The Migrant Experience

FIRSTHAND: Homeless – The Migrant Experience


Wed, July 10, 2024
6:30 PM


WTTW Studios
5400 N St Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625


Join us on July 10 at 6:30 pm for a screening and discussion event introducing Firsthand: Homeless – The Migrant Experience.

As asylum-seekers arrived in Chicago from Latin America over the past year, a public conversation about the mobilization of city services and marshaling of private sector resources began. In a series of new Firsthand documentary shorts, WTTW explores the complicated migrant experience through the eyes of five individuals who reveal why they left their home countries, their perilous journeys across continents, and the political forces that have shaped their new lives in Chicago as they search for housing, jobs, and education.

Producer/director Edgar Vargas will moderate a candid conversation with documentary participants and experts who are addressing the urgent needs of Chicago’s migrant community. We’ll watch selections from the films, get to know the hopes and challenges of these new residents, and explore solutions.

As part of the award-winning, multiplatform, multi-year initiative focusing on the firsthand perspectives of people facing critical issues in Chicago, Firsthand: Homeless – The Migrant Experience launches on June 24 at and the PBS app. 

This event is free, but RSVP below is required.

Lead support for Firsthand: Homeless is provided by Ann and Rich Carr.

Major support is provided by The Knight Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Edwardson Family Foundation; Joel M. Friedman, President, Alvin H. Baum Family Fund; Denny and Sandy Cummings; the Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation; Alexandra C. Nichols; and Peter and Alicia Pond (as of January 29, 2024).

Expanded coverage for Firsthand: Homeless – The Migrant Experience is provided by Crown Family Philanthropies, The Field Foundation of Illinois, and Denny and Sandy Cummings (as of June 11, 2024).

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