Welcome to Vermont
Vermont International Film Festival 2012 Ben and Jerry's Award
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Welcome to VermontWelcome to Vermont: four stories of resettled identity, a 65-minute documentary, offers a nuanced view of lives of forcibly displaced people once they have achieved their ultimate desire to resettle in the US and "live the American dream." In four vignettes, it takes us inside the daily lives of four families from Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Rwanda who have recently resettled in Vermont, one of the smallest and most homogeneous states in the country. The documentary raises questions about identity, assimilation, and diversity and explores how the adaptation process differs from one ethnic group to another, from one individual to the next.

Welcome to Vermont is an intimate portrait of communities grappling to re-frame their identities as they strive to build their lives in America.

By sharing the stories featured in the film, Welcome to Vermont aims to engage the general public, educators, and students in a humanistic dialogue about diversity and tolerance.

"A very powerful way for students to learn about the refugee
experience that they can't get from a book."

Carolyn Sawin
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Saint Michael's College
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Now Available on DVD Welcome to Vermont is accompanied with a K-12 teachers guide created by Gregory Sharrow, Co-Director and Director of Education, Vermont Folklife Center. The guide is designed to facilitate classroom discussions and is linked to Vermont social studies standards and the common core. The DVD is structured in four approximately 15-minute segments that can be shown independently and allow educators to fit the content in various time slots.

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Welcome to Vermont was initiated in 2007 as a short segment to be included in The Vermont Movie: Freedom & Unity, a collaborative documentary involving over 20 Vermont filmmakers, that explores Vermont's independent spirit, and connects our past, present, and future.

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