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Rain in a Dry Land (Short Version)

Two Somali families find new homes in urban America.


A printer-friendly version of this page 52 minutes
Directed by Anne Makepeace
Produced by Anne Makepeace Productions
Directors of Photography: Joan Churchill, Barney Broomfield
Editor: Mary Lampson
Composer: Joel Goodman
Associate Producer: Su Kim
Associate Editor: Brad Kimbrough



In 2004, thirteen thousand Somali Bantu refugees realized their dream of coming to America. They are now living in fifty cities across the country, becoming the largest African group from a single minority to settle in the United States at one time.

RAIN IN A DRY LAND chronicles two years in the lives of two extended Somali Bantu families as they leave behind a two-hundred year legacy of oppression in Africa to face new challenges in a strange new land.



Grade Level: 7 - 12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006     Copyright Date: 2006
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-525-3     VHS ISBN: 1-59458-524-5





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Rain in a Dry Land  (Short Version)


"A sharp, deeply felt humanist tale" Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix


Links
The filmmaker's web site
The PBS "P.O.V." website
18-page Discussion Guide
Study guide


Awards and Festivals
Working Films Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
"Stories from the Field" United Nations Documentary Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival

Subjects
African Studies
African-American Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Globalization
Human Rights
Humanities
Immigration
Migration and Refugees
Multicultural Studies
Political Science
Race and Racism
Social Justice
Social Psychology
Sociology


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