REFUGE is a feature-length documentary which tells the story of modern-day refugee resettlement. After years of limbo in Thailand, Nepal and Kenya, a new generation of refugees work to rebuild their lives and find a sense of belonging in a weary upstate New York town. As a devastating refugee crisis plays out on the global stage, Refuge intimately documents the stories of one small American community and opens doors to reveal the beating hearts of the resilient newcomers who now call it home.
The project is a living chronicle of resettlement in the United States, unveiling an ongoing yet under-reported narrative of the transformation and hardship that is defining and impacting resettlement communities across the country.
How has New York City supported returning service members as they've transitioned out of the military and readjusted to civilian life? Follow us through the decades as we tell the story of the veterans that came home to NYC. Watch more of WLIW's Veterans Coming Home videos here: bit.ly/2az5lHU.
Produced for WLIW and Veterans Coming Home, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Veterans Coming Home is an innovative cross-platform public media campaign to bridge America’s military-civilian divide by telling stories, challenging stereotypes and exploring how the values of service and citizenship are powerful connectors for all Americans.
The story of a life altered and a woman reinvented.
The story of Shulem Deen, a Hasidic rebel.