First Place, New Haven Documentary Film Festival, Student Films Category
In September 2016, members of The Politic sought to investigate a New Haven-centered topic through film. We chose to focus on New Haven’s refugee community and resettlement program because they exemplify the city’s multiculturalism, tolerance, and activism. Given the growing politicization of refugee status, we attempted to offer an alternative to the two-dimensional representations of refugees in international media. The 2016 election and subsequent Trump policies inevitably influenced the film’s trajectory, but it still centers around refugee experiences and the continuing efforts of resettlement and support services in New Haven. We hope you learn about the incredible work of people in this city and use the film as a starting point for future advocacy.