Usually when we are talking about refugee topics, we think about it the immediate problems in refugee camps and the conclusion of all these problems will be resettlement of the refugees to a safer place…or so we think. I love this video for so many reasons, but especially because it concentrates on the many obstacles confronting refugees AFTER they are resettled in a new country. This documentary, Home Across Lands (FULL 1-hour version available here. The 8-minute version is available on Vimeo) was produced a little over 10 years ago by a Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based film company. This film is an intensely local portrayal of the many difficulties for refugees in a new country. Many haven’t heard about Eritreans refugee camps in Ethiopia, but this article from the Irish Times will give some context on the issue.
Questions to Ponder:
1-Why did so many of the Kumana need to leave Eritrea?
2-What were the economic difficulties of living in the Shimelba refugee camp?
3-What are some some of the political/legal challenges for refugees in a refugee camp?
3-What are some of the cultural struggles for refugees upon arriving to the United States?
4-What are some of the economic difficulties for refugees upon arriving to the United States?
5-How does the fact of refugees leaving impact their original homeland and it’s culture? How does the fact of refugees arriving to a new place impact their new home?