Uprooted: Film and Discussion
3 p.m. Adult Programs
New Hampshire is home to many people who have experienced epic journeys, including refugees from around the world. The Currier is screening Uprooted, a 30-minute documentary produced by the University of New Hampshire that tells the stories of five refugees who have resettled in Granite State. Several community members will lead a post-film discussion exploring the definition of home, an important theme in the special exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. Prior to the film, join a 2 p.m. tour of the exhibition.
Dr. Catherine Rielly, founder of Sewing Confidence for Refugee women and President of Rubia, a non-profit organization that serves women in Afghanistan through education, training, and the sale of embroidery. While refugees from Burundi were the first Sewing Confidence seamstresses, the program has expanded to include new Americans from Bhutan, Nepal, Sudan, Liberia, Somalia, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Rielly is currently Executive Director of Rubia and Executive Producer for the Development Communications Workshop.
Honore Murenzi, founder and director of New American Africans, received the 2014 Martin Luther King Award. Murenzi came to New Hampshire as an immigrant from Africa in 2001 and has provided emergency support, food, interpretation, and help navigating the complicated system of public and charitable assistance for many refugees.
Sara Withers, lecturer in Anthropology at UNH and did some of the research on which Uprooted is based.
Umija Gusinac came to Laconia as a refugee from Bosnia in 2000 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006. She is a member of many boards and organizations, including New Beginnings without Violence and Abuse, Laconia Refugee Connections Committee, Laconia Multicultural Festival, and the Family Violence Prevention Council. Gusinac advocates on behalf of refugeesas and is a regular presenter at cultural competence trainings.