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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Film Screening - Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture

More than one million refugees have come to the US, fleeing torture and political violence,” begins Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture, an outstanding new documentary from the Refuge Media Project. The vast numbers are staggering, but what makes a greater impression in this stand-out documentary are the small, individual stories from survivors and those who offer them care and support as they resettle in the US. Ben Achtenberg, project director at the Refugee Media Project and producer/director of Refuge, says the film – seven years in the making – came about as his general interest in healthcare and mental health issues drew him to organizations and healthcare providers that offer support to survivors in the US. “During the same period I had started contributing to organizations that work with survivors and, in particular, was receiving the newsletters of [Center for Victims of Torture] in Minneapolis and similar groups around the country, about their work with survivors. At some point, it clicked that this was the film I should focus on.” The stories presented in the approximately one-hour film are diverse, from a physician from Guatemala to an older man from Liberia who wishes to move his daughter to the US. They have different stories of torture, different stories of migration to the US, but they have all sought refuge and have found their way to the various featured torture treatment programs, many of which are IRCT members.

  • Location:
    Carr Conference Room Rubenstein 219
  • Date:
    Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Time:
    4:30 PM

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