New Documentary About Refugees in Vt.

Published 05/15 2014 06:29PM

Updated 05/15 2014 10:13PM

ESSEX, Vt. - There's a new documentary about Vermont's new Americans.

In the new documentary "Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity," filmmaker Mira Niagolova captures the life of refugees who have fled their home country and moved to Vermont.

"I was following, yeah, four families as their life unfolds," says Niagolova. "I'm interested in forcibly displaced people."

Niagolova says the documentary shows the transition for refugees. While many leave war-torn countries, restarting their life in the U.S. is not always easy.

"What surprised me is, yes, their patience and their resilience," says Niagolova.

Niagolova says it took four years to finish the film. She hopes it brings about understanding that while there are thousands of refugees in Vermont who they are and their experiences are different.

"So when we see people or deal with people which are not necessarily like us, we treat them with more respect and empathy," says Niagolova.

The filmmaker hopes schools across Vermont will show the documentary to students.

To get a copy, CLICK HERE to go to the documentary's website.

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