Films – Refugee Rights

From Baghdad to Tucson, with Love: The Story of a Young Iraqi Refugee
Source: Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, 2009
In this lesson plan students consider their views about Iraq and reflect on one young Iraqi refugee’s view of the USA.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, current issues

Learning Matters: Empathy 101 — A Refugee-Based Curriculum In The South Bronx
Source: PBS Newshour
Report on a South Bronx class learning about refugee rights.
Grade Level: educators
Subject Area: professional development

Lost Boys of Sudan
Director: Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk, Source: Actual Film, 2003
Follows two young Dinka refugees, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. As small boys, Peter and Santino lost their families to the war and were forced to flee their homes. Along with 20,000 other boys, they wandered hundreds of miles across the desert seeking safety. After a decade in a Kenyan refugee camp, nearly 4,000 “Lost Boys” have come to the U.S. as part of a refugee resettlement effort. Peter and Santino set out to make new lives for themselves in Houston and in Kansas City. Their struggle asks us to rethink what it means to be an American.
Time: 90 minutes
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events

Well-Founded Fear
Director/Producer: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson
An in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Especially the burden of proving a “well-founded fear,” to qualify as a refugee.  Accompanying Study Guide available.
Time: 119 minutes
Grade level: high school