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Somali refugees learn about American in preparation for resettlement.

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Viewers in Seattle, WA talk about the plight of refugees in Rain in a Dry Land.

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Two-time POV filmmaker, Anne Makepeace (Baby, It's You, POV 1998), talks about how filming Rain in a Dry Land made her a more patriotic American.


Rain in a Dry Land chronicles the fortunes of two Somali Bantu families, transported by relief agencies from years of civil war and refugee life to Atlanta and Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Rain in a Dry Land

Premiere Date: June 19, 2007

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Filmmaker: Anne Makepeace Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Press Release | Media Alert: Focus on Africa


Anne Makepeace
Anne Makepeace

[T]he film doesn't sugarcoat their story; it shows them in their amazing beauty and poetry and resilience, but it also shows them in really down times.”

— Anne Makepeace, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

The particular strength of this film is in its intimacy, its insistence on portraying immigrants as complicated, high-strung people negotiating the personal boundaries between their traditions and western modernity.”

— Stephen Holden
The New York Times

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