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From Damascus to Chicago

Oct 26, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman

A dance studio in Chicago is working with young Syrians who have recently resettled to the city. In this short documentary, Fold, Embrace, Expand: From Damascus to Chicago, we meet Akram and Retaj, who are 7 and 10 years old, and follow them in their dance classes and transition to the city. The film also profiles their parents, and touches on the difficulties of beginning a new life far from what was home. It was directed by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman.

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