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Welcome 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.
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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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