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Rain in a Dry Land

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PBS Premiere: June 19, 2007


How do you measure the distance from an African village to an American city? What does it mean to be a refugee in today's "global village"? Rain in a Dry Land provides eye-opening answers as it chronicles the fortunes of two Somali Bantu families, transported by relief agencies from years of civil war and refugee life to Springfield, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia. As the newcomers confront racism, poverty and 21st-century culture shock, the film captures their efforts to survive in America and create a safe haven for their war-torn families. Their poetry, humor and amazing resilience show us our own world through new eyes. A co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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TAGS: africa, bantu, civil war, immigration, refugees, somalia

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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
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