EVENT: Film Showing, Discussion for Nickel City Smiler to Help Raise Awareness of Immigrant and Refugee Experiences

Nickel City Smiler imageA free public showing of the film Nickel City Smiler, a documentary film chronicling a refugee’s fight for survival and hope in America, will be offered through the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.  A panel discussion will follow the film, delving deeper into the themes and issues raised in Nickel City Smiler.
ABOUT:  Nickel City Smiler is a documentary film about refugee resettlement in Buffalo, N.Y. The film chronicles one brave Burmese family’s fight for survival and hope in the American Rust Belt. After fighting against the brutal military government, who attacked, tortured, raped and murdered thousands of the country’s ethnic minorities, and spending more than 20 years in the confinement of a refugee camp, the film captures the struggles that Smiler Greely and his family 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.
The 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.  
PROJECT CELLS: The film showing is supported by Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learners Success, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which aims to provide children who are learning English with access to high-quality instruction across academic subjects and prepare them for success beyond high school. Project CELLS supports scholarships for new and veteran teachers to earn TESOL certification and develops curriculum, particularly for refugee English language learners, and professional development activities, including training for all school personnel, to support student achievement in K-12 schools.
TIME, DATE, PLACE:  The event will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, in LeChase Hall (Genrich-Rusling Room) on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.  For directions, click here or visit www.rochester.edu/maps and then choose River Campus to locate parking and LeChase Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For other special accommodations or questions, please contact the Warner Academic Support Office at help@warner.rochester.edu. For more information on the March 9 event, please visit www.warner.rochester.edu. To learn more about Nickel City Smiler, please visit http://www.nickelcitysmiler.com/.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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Tags: Alicia Van Borssum, film, immigrant students, immigrant/refugee students, Project CELLS