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Project of the Day: ‘Refugee Kids,’ One Special School

Project of the Day: 'Refugee Kids,' One Special School

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“Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World”

Tweetable Logline:

REFUGEE KIDS follows students escaping global conflicts who attend a NYC-based summer academy to prepare for new lives in the US

Elevator Pitch:

REFUGEE KIDS follows newly arrived students at the International Rescue Committee’s intense, New York-based summer school for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. This group of over one hundred, wildly diverse kids, ranging in age from four to eighteen are recent refugees from countries in crisis including: Iraq, Tibet, Liberia, Egypt, Bhutan, among others.

This summer they are getting a crash course in living – and going to school – in America. They are also teaching one another and their teachers about courage, community, and overcoming unspeakable adversity. This is a school unlike any other.

Production Team:

Co-director/co-producer: Renee Silverman (ARD, ZDF, BBC)
Co-director/co-producer, cinematographer: Peter Miller (Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story,” “Sacco and Vanzetti,” “The Internationale”)
Editor: Aaron Vega (“A Class Apart,” “John Audubon: Drawn from Nature,” “Race to the Moon: The Apollo 8 Story”)
Animator: Brian O’Connell (“The Stepford Wives,” “The White Countess,” “What Would Jesus Buy?,” “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”)

About the Production:

“A friend at the International Rescue Committee captivated me with stories of the tentative, newly arrived refugee kids who were transformed over the course of their six week summer school into confident New Yorkers.

It was Technath’s story that really hooked me. Technath, 17, spent his entire life in a rural Nepalese refugee camp – dirt floors, no running water and virtually no English instruction. In his first six months in NY, Technath has orchestrated the family’s move and translated for cardiologists operating on his brother – all the while maintaining straight As. I had to make this film.” — Renée Silverman

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