Film Event: Nickel City Smiler

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:45 p.m.
LeChase Hall, Room 215, Genrich-Rusling Room

In Burma, Smiler Greely fought against the brutal military government, who attacked, tortured, raped, and murdered thousands of the country’s ethnic minorities. After spending more than 20 years in the confinement of a refugee camp, Smiler and his family were selected for resettlement in the United States and assigned to live in Buffalo, New York. Nickel City Smiler documents the struggles Smiler’s family and the refugee community encounter on the streets of one of America’s poorest cities. Forced to fight against poverty, violence and bureaucracy, Smiler battles for the hope and hearts of his people.

A panel discussion, moderated by Alicia Van Borssum, coordinator of Project CELLS at the Warner School, will follow the film, and will include the following panelists:  Chojy Schroeder, a retired ESOL teacher and an active volunteer for refugee students in the community; Padam Ghimirey, a program case manager at Catholic Family Center’s refugee resettlement program; Terri Orden, a school counselor at Rochester International Academy who will be joined by a couple of her students from Burma, and Bethany Htoo, a member of the Karen community in Rochester. The film is closed caption and a sign language interpreter will be provided for the panel discussion. 

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. For more information, contact the Warner School Academic Support Office at

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