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Stay tuned for news about a new film series at ILC. It will be open to the public and feature documentaries and other films about refugee experiences and the cultures of students we serve. We hope to have our first screening in late June at the beginning of our summer semester.

Burma, Wisconsin: A Refugee’s Journey is a new locally produced documentary film that highlights the circumstances leading to refugee groups such as families from Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar) resettling in Wisconsin. Screened at UWM this spring, the film captures the struggles of refugees, their experiences and shows how refugees are a part of our community. For more information about this, contact Amir Yasrebdoust, Refugee Services Coordinator at International Institute of Wisconsin, amiry@iiwisconsin.org

Here, There, and Elsewhere, an ILC-sponsored photo documentary about refugee families in Milwaukee, is officially on the road. After its premiere at Walkers Point Center for the Arts in July 2010, it has gone on to Bowling Green State University, and is now on view at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee. Our website – www.herethereandelsewhere.wordpress.com – has links to press coverage and a catalog.

Here, There, and Elsewhere:
Refugee Families in Milwaukee
A photo-documentary by John Ruebartsch & Sally Kuzma

Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Hospital
5000 W. Chambers Street, Milwaukee
(near 50th & Burleigh)
Skylight Room (in cafeteria)
April 25- June 3, 2011
7am – 7pm daily

Through documentary photos and the words of the refugees themselves, these intimate family portraits provide a window into the daily lives of some of the newest- and least familiar – Americans. After fleeing civil war, political persecution, and ethnic strife in countries such as Burma, Somalia, and Laos, these newcomers are rebuilding their lives and cultures here as generations of immigrants did before. Their stories are becoming our stories.

This project was made possible by Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Arts Board with finds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by International Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee.

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