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IIB Part of North Park Theatre’s Cabrini Movie Debut Screenings

By March 9, 2024No Comments

This week the International Institute of Buffalo is honored to participate in the initial screenings of Cabrini at North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue.

This week, the International Institute of Buffalo participated in events celebrating the screenings of Cabrini at the North Park Theatre. The movie, partially filmed locally, spotlights the canonized Catholic nun and the patron saint of immigrants, Mother Cabrini. The producers tapped the talents of various Western New Yorkers for help. 

IIB Volunteer Coordinator Steve Bosco greeting film-goers in the lobby to answer questions about our IIB's important work in the communityNew American Integration Director Denise Phillips Beehag smiles with the official Cabrini movie poster shortly before she spoke to the packed crowd of film-goers about IIB's important work community

Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi and New American Integration Director Denise Phillips Beehag spoke to packed audiences before screenings on Wednesday and Friday. They touched on universal themes, including welcoming, the American tradition on of helping our newest neighbors successfully integrate into our communities, and the vital work IIB does to educate Western New York about the value immigrants and refugees bring.

The biographical drama spotlights the life of Mother Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrived in New York City in 1889 and was greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini set off on a mission to convince a hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society’s most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini built an empire of hope, unlike anything many would have imagined. Click here to read more about Mother Cabrini’s remarkable life of service. 

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