Refugee Dream Center Workshop I was organized with the support of the Providence
Children's Film Festival and Project Open Door, and involved American-born high school
students teaming up with teenagers from abroad involved in the nonprofit Refugee
Dream Center. The students explored the campuses of the Rhode Island School of
Design and Brown University in Providence as they collaboratively developed their
projects related to the theme of "Hodgepodge." The curriculum encouraged students to
integrate their cultural backgrounds into the process in a way that made each film entirely
unique in its own way.
What did you discover?
"Our cultures are actually quite similar. I thought we'd be like vastly different,
but the way we go through our everyday lives is kind of similar." - Renina, 17
"The most valuable thing that I learned in this workshop was 'the experience.'
The experience with my group, the experience of where we went and the
experience of creating our own film was the most valuable." - Nadya, 16
"Usually when I think of a workshop I think of a very analytical process,
a very focused process, but this was more free-form. And I think that
surprised me, but it was a good surprise." - Natasha, 17
"I learned that different music, places, ideas, and cultures can combine to
form a single film." - Jonsi, 17