Always Forward World Premiere

celebrate the joy and resilience of immigrants in our community

Thank you to all who joined us for the world Premiere of Always Forward. This Rising Act Film followed Ninah, a Congolese refugee, and her young daughter, as they navigate the difficult terrain of a new life in the United States.

The film was followed by an inspiring panel conversation with NVFS program participants and staff, led by Margery Sher, a longtime NVFS volunteer and champion, and author of Indomitable! Immigrants’ Stories of Perseverance and Resilience. 

About the Film▼

The short film Always Forward follows Ninah and her daughter, refugees who fled to the United States. After immigrating Ninah finds herself without a home, without a job, and paralyzed by the traumas from her past. Filled with doubt, hope, and determination, Ninah leans into the kindness shown to her and discovers she too could be a part of the fabric of everything that makes this country beautiful. After she is introduced to the NVFS Training Futures program, Ninah is set on an upward trajectory toward a life rooted in a new homeland – one where anything is possible.

Ninah’s story is based on the true stories of our Training Futures graduates and NVFS’ Immigrant Resiliency. While each story is different, all our trainees leave on a path of growth and success.

About NVFS’ Immigrant Resiliency Work▼

NVFS knows the immigrant community and culture in our region because we live and breathe our diverse community every day. More than two-thirds of our clients were born outside of the United States. More than half of NVFS staff are bi-cultural, and with staff that speaks a total of 16 different languages, we are proud to be a bilingual agency. NVFS’ culturally diverse, highly trained, and dedicated professionals are uniquely qualified to work with immigrants and refugees from all over the world who now call Northern Virginia home. We pride ourselves on our culturally and linguistically sensitive, tailored supports which help ensure that whatever their country of origin, NVFS is ready to provide our immigrant and refugee clients with the support, education, and well-being resources that they need to help them, and their families, thrive in our community. We invite you to learn more about the Immigrant Resiliency Fund.

About NVFS’ Training Futures▼

Training Futures is a nationally recognized workforce development program with proven results, providing training for living-wage professional careers. The program is designed to give job seekers the tools, guidance, and confidence to successfully (re)enter the job market. Our innovative curriculum in a simulated office environment has two primary goals: to help under- and unemployed adults secure professional careers with potential for advancement and to meet the needs of local employers who seek qualified, entry-level workers. Now in its 24th year, Training Futures has set up more than 2,200 people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to take the next step in their careers. Within six months of graduation, 72% of trainees secure full-time employment. We invite you to learn more about Training Futures.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Pre-Event Reception 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Film Premiere & Panel Discussion 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Angelika Film Center
2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031, map
Cost: Free, registration required
Donations: Warmly accepted
Attire: Wear what makes you feel confident!