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World Refugee Day is an international day of awareness, designated by the United Nations, to honor refugees, persecuted people from around the world. IRIS celebrates this event by highlighting the arts and cultures of our clients and refugees around the world.
This year, the centerpiece of IRIS's celebration will be a special advanced screening of "A Place in the World", a new documentary.
The film's website (http://aplaceintheworldfilm.com/) says this about the film:
"Right outside Atlanta, Georgia is a small charter school that brings together refugee children from war-torn countries all over the world and teaches them alongside local American children. A Place In The World follows three families with ties to the school, a first-year teacher, and the new principal of the school over the course of two years, as they adapt to, and learn from, this diverse and complex social environment. The film asks the question of whether we can learn to live together in this rapidly changing world."
In addition to the film screening, World Refugee Day offers live music, visual art and photography, and an incredible spread of international food. This year, the event will start at 3:30pm, with special programming for children; it will feature refugee children performing music and dance, and a storyteller sharing stories from around the world.
The event is presented with generous support from PIER (Programs in International Educational Resources) of the MacMillan Center at Yale University.
Suggested Donation: $25 for adults, proceeds to benefit IRIS
There will be two screenings of the film, at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
Visit www.irisct.org or call IRIS at (203) 562-2095 for more information.
To reserve a seat at the film screening, visit http://irisworldrefugeeday2012.eventbrite.com/