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Filmmaker: Mohammad Arifuzzaman
Editors: Devvrat Mishra, Zayde Buti
Translation: Mustafa Samdani, Nahina Nasrin, Mohammad Istiak
From the killing fields of Myanmar (Burma), a young Rohingya man, persecuted as a Muslim, escapes near certain death or imprisonment by walking to Thailand. On a boat with 500-600 others he floats from country to country seeking refuge. Two-plus years later, from a refugee camp in Indonesia, he is granted asylum in the United States. He desperately misses his family, but is grateful to be alive and learning the ways of a new life that was inconceivable just a few months ago.
Mohammad (Roman) Arifuzzaman
Emigrated from Bangladesh in 2015, lives in Quincy, MA
Mohammad is a software engineer with interests in music, theater and photography. He demonstrated incredible determination throughout the NIRV filmmaking process – filming all of one story only to have the family grow fearful about participating. His story about Mohammad Anwar is particularly relevant as so many Rohingya refugees have sought refuge in Bangladesh, his country of origin.
New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) is a collection of documentary films produced by Community Supported Film and made by new immigrants. Their films provide a unique insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The filmmakers made these short films to engage communities in dialogue about immigrants and immigration in the United States. CSFilm: csfilm.org/