CTA “Holiday Dinner” event – Movie stream of The Interpreters

Date(s) - 01/28/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


In lieu of our Holiday Dinner this year, we have an exciting event planned: A group screening of the documentary film, The Interpreters. The film will be available for streaming online on Wed., Jan. 27 and Thurs., Jan. 28, until 7 pm.

This will be followed by a Discussion/Q&A with the film’s producer/director, Sofian Khan, on Thursday evening, January 28, at 7 pm MT.

The film presents an up-close and personal look into the relationships that developed between military personnel and the interpreters helping them communicate. It focuses on the struggle faced by many of these interpreters in obtaining promised Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to allow them to resettle in the US.

The cost will be $5 for CTA members and $10 for non-members; click here to register now!

You can view a trailer of the movie here.

The Film

Chain-smoking Iraqi “Phillip Morris” escaped his homeland in 2011 and landed in Minnesota via the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa program, a backlogged and often dysfunctional conduit for the tens of thousands of local interpreters who have risked their lives to help U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Despite the frightening, years-long wait for his visa to come through, despite his relentless immigration battles on behalf of his family left behind in Iraq, Phillip has fared better than many of his peers in a climate where accusations of treason often trigger a gruesome death sentence. Now living in Minneapolis, he personifies success for a visa program that was launched to protect people like Phillip but is threatened by rising anti-refugee sentiment.

The Interpreters follows the stories of Phillip and three interpreters who face the impossible decision of waiting for paperwork that may never materialize or attempting a hazardous exit route to Europe. Meanwhile, hope dwindles for the thousands of interpreters seeking survival as a reward for their sacrifice.