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MFA alumn and current media studies student working on new documentary for the Greensboro Historical Museum.


MFA graduate Mariah Dunn Kramer and current Media Studies student, Siera Schubach (both pictured above) are hard at work on a new documentary for the Greensboro Historical Museum. The documentary, produced in collaboration with the Center for Asian American Media (CAMM) focuses on the lives of three Montagnard immigrant families.

 Following is more information about the film from ROAR, the Greensboro Historical Museum’s newsletter:

“The first Montagnard immigrants to the United States came as refugees in 1986, a small group of about 200 who had supported U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War. The majority of Montagnard Americans are more recent arrivals who have fled religious and political persecution. There are more Montagnards (French for “mountain people”) in North Carolina—30,000—than any place outside Southeast Asia. The four teens sharing their stories have arrived in the past decade, their families supported by the local immigrant community, volunteer sponsors and professionals, all helping with their transition. Filmmaker Mariah Dunn Kramer is struck by these youth. “They are wise beyond their years. They seem really mature and they think about life seriously, and have serious goals and aspirations. They also have a huge connection to family…they want to support their families and take care of their families into their older years.” Curator Dean MacLeod notes, “The documentary will have universal themes.” The two co-producers hope to show the families’ diverse experiences, for assimilation includes navigating daily life, school, job training and placement and bridging differences between generations. “They have a high ambition to succeed,” Dunn Kramer adds.”

The film is scheduled to be completed this spring with planned distribution to public television stations and educational institutions. Public screenings in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte are forthcoming. Look for information on dates and times of screenings in upcoming blog entries!


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January 9, 2015 at 9:34 pm

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