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Trinh Truong
Utican

The scarcity of safety

Despite, or perhaps because of everything, I still fear the worst that could happen when my mom clocks into work. She worries about food to feed our family, even though the days of scarcity have passed. But I worry about her.

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Trinh Truong
Utican

A warm welcome home

Resettlement is an intimate and disarming process, contingent on both the support of many strangers and the forgiveness of the destination city in ethos.

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Loch Phillipps
Director

Utica and back, 47 times — What have we learned?

I may sometimes forget the value of my citizenship, but I will never forget the sense of community these new Americans are bringing to us. That’s what we are seeing in Utica.

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Loch Phillipps
Director

Three World Refugee Days later: some things change, others stay the same

We’ve been shooting in Utica for about 2 ½ years now. We know the people speaking on stage, those who put the event together, and many in the crowd. Plenty of them have shared parts of themselves, moments of their lives, on camera for us.

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Adam Bedient
Cinematographer/Editor

Thoughts on a scene; how little moments gain meaning and impact over time

When I finally got around to editing this footage, I had a sense it would be good on screen. And it is! It’s been a new experience for me to work on something long-form like this. Revisiting memories in the edit a year or two after shooting is bizarre and gratifying.

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