Special Events


Welcome Afghans

Saturday / May 21 / 2:00-4:00pm

Please join us as we welcome Afghan newcomers to our community. The event will feature two film screenings, a presentation from Sajida Mirzada, an international student from Afghanistan, and members of the Winona Afghan Support Network (WASN) speaking about their experiences with resettling refugees. The event will wrap up with sharing of Afghan foods.

The films to be screened are:

Welcome Strangers

Directed by Dia Sokol Savage. 21 minutes.

Synopsis: When asylum-seeking immigrants are legally released from ICE detention, Sarah Jackson and her team of volunteers welcome them with food, clothing and shelter and help reunite them with their families.

Immigrant at Home

Directed by Sufian Abulohom. 20 minutes.

Synopsis: An aspiring Arab American comedian struggles to find independence while maintaining her relationship with her mother.

Sajida Mirzada
Sajida Mirzada
Welcome Afghan

This event is a collaboration with the Winona Afghan Support Network, Frozen River Film Festival, and the Winona Arts Center.

Freewill donations will go towards the following: Winona Afghan Support Network (WASN) to resettle refugees in Winona, Winona Sheltering Network (WSN) to help pay for two homes purchased for ongoing use for refugees resettling in Winona, and a family who is still trying to escape Afghanistan.