The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest
How We Met Laurel
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?