Film Screening & Panels


Access to the movie A Place to Breathe, a powerful documentary that explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients is included with your Symposium ticket.

Join us for the A Place to Breathe Watch Party and discussion on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 8:00 pm EDT, or access the movie at your convenience using the Whova app. Plan to attend the panel discussion with Michelle Steinberg, one of the filmmakers, and other members of the Street Level Health Project, on Sunday, October 17, 3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT as they discuss the film and answer your questions.

Special Reminder: Access to A Place to Breathe ends on October 18, 2021 so be sure to join us for the Watch Party or log into Whova anytime before then to watch.

More about A Place to Breathe:

The 86-minute film combines cinema verité and animation as it intertwines immigrants' personal journeys and creative strategies and their communities as they transcend obstacles by healing others.

A Place to Breathe premiered at San Francisco DocFest in September 2020, followed by a two-week run at the Roxie Theater SF (virtually). The film received the Interfaith Documentary Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Queen City Film Festival.

In April 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) included A Place to Breathe at their Leave No One Behind Film Days, an event on refugee and migrant health held in Turkey. If you'd like to share the film with your community, contact Underexposed Films.

Click Here to Watch Movie Trailer


2021 Symposium Panels

Panels feature discussions on the topics listed here. These sessions are streamed live and attendees can ask questions of the panelists. All panels are included with your Symposium ticket. 

Financial Resilience for Herbalists - Friday, October 15, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00 pm EDT

The practice of herbalism is changing dramatically as a result of the pandemic. Many herbal practitioners have had to rethink their clinical approach to accommodate safety concerns, broken supply chains, and the increased demand for herbal health care. This panel features herbalists who have had to learn how to make major and minor changes as they navigate clinical herbalism in a very new landscape.

Panelists: Keren Dolan, Jen Lynch Fitzgerald, Rich Mandelbaum


Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Our Communities - Saturday, October 16, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 pm EDT

Trauma-informed herbalism is as diverse as the communities served. Join the discussion a panel of herbal practitioners, therapists, and activists engaged in providing care for individuals and their communities. In addition to sharing their perspectives on trauma-informed care, they will be available to answer questions from attendees in hopes of inspiring others to provide this essential role for their communities.

Panelists: Leslie Chaison, Anna Gilbert-Muhammad, Quai Nystrom, Tiran Sahar


A Place to Breathe - Sunday, October 17, 2021, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

A Place to Breathe filmmaker and members of Street Level Health Project’s integrative, trilingual clinical team discuss the film and the work they are doing with immigrant communities. The powerful documentary explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and their atients. Learn more about their work using herbs, nutrition, traditional healing practices, and Western medicine to improve wellness through culturally responsive approaches.

Panelists: Samuel MarTinez, Michelle Steinberg, Maria Vincente