Award-winner Don Arbor’s ‘Everyone Comes from Somewhere,’ ” a pro-immigrant tune, a perfect antidote to Trump’s xenophobia.”


If the Statue of Liberty could sing, this is what she would sing…

“Everyone Comes from Somewhere” Unforgettable Music Video with a Powerful Message, from Don Arbor

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Don Arbor’s “recent composition, ‘Everyone Comes from Somewhere,’ is a pro-immigrant tune that’s a perfect antidote to the current administration’s xenophobia.” J. Poet, East bay Express, June 27-July 3, 2018. Don’s grandparents had a dream. The American dream.

From phenomenal responses to this song, it’s obvious this dream is still alive. And I hope you realize that when we stand together, our grassroots energy can change the world. with the United Nations’ World Refugee Day Webcast requested multiple-award winning musician DON ARBOR as a spokesman for the dire conditions faced by the massive diaspora of refugees fleeing unspeakable horrors in their homeland. This great honor was bestowed on Don because his powerful, award-winning song “Everyone Comes from Somewhere” offers understanding and encouragement to those forced from their homes. . It highlights the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) .Also chosen as spokespeople for UNHCR: Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Liam Neeson, Brian Eno and more.

San Francisco’s Don Arbor is a multiple award-winning musician, songwriter, lawyer (with Greg Palast on Voter Suppression) and video maker from Berkeley, CA. Don’s new music video, “Everyone Comes from Somewhere,” acknowledges the struggles of immigrants, past and present, to become part of the fabric of American society. As the grandson of European immigrants, Don wrote this song to honor his own roots, and to highlight the importance of immigration to our culture. “Everyone Comes from Somewhere” received dual Gold awards for Music Video and Original Song, from the International Independent Film Festival for Winter 2018.–~A/YXBwaWQ9bWFpbDtmaT1maWxsO2g9MjAwO3c9NDAw/https:/

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With a great assist from Bay Area filmmakers Charles Koppelman and Irene Young, Don has woven a tapestry of images that portray our immigrant past and present, along with live footage from a 2017 live performance, to deliver a powerful statement in an unforgettable form.

Early reviews of “Everyone Comes from Somewhere” from Don’s fans include: “Beautiful! It made me cry,” and a “tender poetic welcome, celebrating the diversity that makes our country wonderful. “Protest music fan call Arbor the “Sweet Voice of Resistance.”

Don Arbor’s release, “Salam Pax (Peace),” features the CD and video of the title track, which is an Official Selection of the 2008 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the 2008 Berkeley Film and Video Festival. The video is also up on Youtube, where it has received “Five Stars” (“Awesome!”) ratings.

Don Arbor Wins Award in Best Shorts Film Competition

(Berkeley, CA, May 8, 2018) – Don Arbor, a Bay Area video artist and singer/songwriter, has won a prestigious Award of Recognition: Music Video, from The Best Shorts Film Competition. The award was given for Don’s exciting production, “Everyone Comes from Somewhere,” which pays tribute to immigrants of the past and the Dreamers of today. “Everyone Comes from Somewhere” features Don’s poetic lyrics and pristine vocals, weaving a moving tapestry of images that celebrate our diversity. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” Don said. “ I tried to provide a message of compassion, and it’s gratifying that this message was acknowledged by the reviewers.” Don’s project has also received dual Gold Awards for Music Video and Original Song, from the International Independent Film Festival for Winter 2018, and an Award of Recognition from Indiefest, in May 2018.

In winning a Best Shorts Award, Don Arbor joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Disney Interactive for Vinlymation: A Love Story and Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg. Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win