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Refuge - Caring for Survivors of Torture

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $425


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 57 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

It's estimated that more than a million refugees, asylum-seekers and other immigrants to the United States have been victims of politically motivated torture. They come here from all parts of the world -- some legally, some undocumented, some with families and some very much alone. They live in major American cities and in small towns. Some survivors bear visible scars, but many more have been wounded in ways that remain hidden.
Advocates for torture survivors, dedicated healthcare and social service professionals, and hundreds of citizen volunteers have united to create programs throughout the country that provide care and support to survivors who have come here to make new lives.
This documentary highlights five treatment and support programs in Minneapolis, Atlanta, the Boston Area, and Washington, DC. Based on interviews with dozens of survivors and with the professionals and volunteers who are helping them to heal, this film is a tribute to their courage and dedication, and a call to action.
DVD Features - Includes closed captions.
Can be shown in three 20-minute sections leaving time for discussion after each section:
• This Is Not a New Story
• Torture Takes Place Worldwide
• Paths to Recovery
"Sober but quietly searing...While this will serve admirably as an introduction for health service professionals, the wider human story it tells can touch a broader audience. Recommended."  - F. Swietek, Video Librarian


Screened at:
White Sands Film Festival
UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival
American Public Health Association Film Festival
Western Psychological Association Film Festival
Society for the Study of Psychiatry & Culture Film Festival
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference
International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
Psychiatrists for Social Responsibility Conference
New Immigration Conference, Lawrence (MA) History Center

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