Celebrate World Refugee Day
Web-scrapbook launched for world refugee day!
Shortly after 9/11, I began an extraordinary journey in New York City with
twelve resettled refugee teenagers who had fled armed conflict in Africa and
the Balkans. We met every Friday evening for three years, and in this time,
shared stories and pizza, joked and cried, took photos and wrote poetry. Our
constant companion was a video camera, and from all this material and emotion,
we crafted 3 award-winning short films. Moreover, we created—in the words
of one participant—“one family.”
Please join me on the web as I narrate our unique community’s story in a new
digital scrapbook. See nine chapters of photos, drawings, writing and video;
and get a rare inside glimpse of one group’s development.
Such vision has won us prizes and screenings at hundreds of national and international film festivals, conferences and schools. And our work together is a testament that—from the fragments that war heartbreakingly creates—individuals
and small communities have the power and potential to piece together
more beautiful stories, and act upon them for a stronger world.
–Raeshma Razvi, Director and Author
Watch and Listen
New Research & Recommendations
This report (PDF 3.8MB) offers guidance for community organizations and those who fund social change in how best to harness the power of local media-making for community health improvement. Spanish-language version is now available. Una versión en español de este informe esta en la web.