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The Refugees of Shangri-La

Last week, four GATE CITY participants attended the screening and panel discussion of “The Refugees of Shangri-La” at the Palace Theater in Manchester. This film, which follows the refugees from the Kingdom of Bhutan as they abandon their twenty year hopes of returning to a paradise lost and resettle to America, was made even more moving by the fact that some of the refugees depicted in the film were also in the audience, along with many other members of New Hampshire’s Bhutanese community. Being able to see the film surrounded by those affected and talking to the panelists after the screening made quite an impact. Below are some reactions from GATE CITY participants.

“I wish there was a way we could get everyone else to see it. It was just really neat to be in the same room as these people, see how much they have achieved and hear their reactions to themselves on screen. It was great.” –Christina Collins, Amherst Elementary

Christina Collins, Debra Goida, and Briana Parisi after the panel discussion

Christina Collins, Debra Goida, and Briana Parisi after the panel discussion

GATE CITY participant Mariann Farrell talking to Tika Acharya, Executive Director of the Bhutanese Community of NH

GATE CITY participant Mariann Farrell talking to Tika Acharya, Executive Director of the Bhutanese Community of NH

“It was a wonderful, thought provoking experience. I hope the rest of the group enjoyed it as well. We were able to have a nice discussion with one of the panelists who left Bhutan as a teen and also meet one of the gentlemen from the film who is now settled in Manchester (the older gentleman with a great big smile!)”–Mariann Farrell, Fairgrounds Middle

We will keep you informed of upcoming screenings so that more of you have the opportunity to see the film and meet that gentleman with the great big smile!


1 Comment

  1. Lorna says:

    Fantastic cohort members! While you were attending this wonderful event, four of our cohort members were attending the WIDA conference; so many wonderful doors have been opened.

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