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This is Home - A Refugee Story

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $475


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 91 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2018
Available in French: No

THIS IS HOME is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. With only eight months of help from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient, they must forge ahead to rebuild their lives in a new home: Baltimore, Maryland. They attend cultural orientation classes and job training sessions where they must "learn America" -- everything from how to take public transportation to negotiating new gender roles.

When the newly imposed travel ban adds further questions and complications, their strength and resilience are put to the test. Through humor and heartbreak, this universal story illuminates what it's like to start over, no matter the obstacles. THIS IS HOME goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. 
DVD Features
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection.
"An engaging, respectful, and realistic account of refugee resettlement in America...A must-see in classes engaging refugeeism and resettlement as well as for communities interested in learning more about the realities and challenges of resettlement for newly arrived refugees. The documentary's unobtrusive focus on the role of refugee resettlement agency staff (such as case managers, employment specialists, and interpreters), the support from faith communities (such as local churches), as well as the social, cultural and psychological challenges facing refugee men, women and children (gender roles, parent child dynamics, trauma, and homesickness) allows the story to tell so much, but without judgement or generalizations...This remains, throughout, the story of how four specific families engage in the universal struggle for dignity and hope in a new home." 
- Dr. Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English, 
Founder/Director, Every Campus A Refuge, Guilford College

Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Director's Award, Foreign Documentary, Cinetopia Film Festival

Screened at:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
Salem Film Fest
Berkshire International Film Festival
Women + Film Festival
Define American Film Festival
Capital City Film Festival
North Dakota Human Rights and Arts Festival
Arab Film Festival (Arab Film and Media Institute)