Selected Film:

How We Met Laurel

Selected Film:

How We Met Laurel

Why We Chose This Film

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About the Filmmaker

Arpita Aneja is a New York-based video producer, shooter, and editor for TIME magazine. She has done many stories around the issue of immigration as well as general news, politics, sports and entertainment. Along with TIME reporter Lily Rothman, she followed Laurel over the course of a year, learning about his life since moving to America. Arpita was recently awarded a Webby award for her work on Welcome to America, a documentary that follows a migrant mother’s journey to find her children who were separated from her at the border. Her most recent documentary, Border Hustle, a collaboration between TIME magazine and The Texas Tribune, takes a look at how people and businesses on both sides of the border make money off of Central American migrants.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Draw your first encounter with an ‘angel’ who helped you

  •  In the film, we see illustrations of key events and memories of when Laurel came into contact with people who helped him in important ways. What are the key events in your life when someone stepped forward and helped you in an important way?
  • Sketch the scene using whatever drawing elements you have, paying attention to any specific details you remember in terms of clothing, time of day, environment, etc. to make the drawing as specific as possible. Consider the perspective of your helper: How did they see the scene? How did they see you? What made them come forward? How can you follow their example?

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  1. Anonymous

    very touching

    • Cheryl

      What a heartwarming story that inspires hope, empathy, courage and wonder.

  2. A.D. Minier

    there is still hope and we are much more connected than we thing.

  3. Anonymous

    Great story! If only the world has more people like Samar Dalathi – having the care, compassion and human spirit to receive God’s thoughts to help a stranger, who is your brother and sister, neighbor and family. God bless her and her husband in having such an open and warm heart. Please bring more inspirational and uplifting stories to us and the world. There’s too much negativity and downshifting of human spirits and souls.
    Thank you!

  4. Anonymous

    The angels involved in helping this young man and his family demonstrate Human kindness in action.
    Having intellectual compassion is great, but doing something practical to help is much more superior.
    sadly however, Not as many respond in that way, because there is a cost of time and money.
    In spiritual rewards the return of investment in the heart economy realm, makes it worth the minor inconvenience of superficial loss.
    Value in each other needs to bear more weight…


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