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December 07, 2018

Refugee Stories

The “Refugee Stories” project was created to bring a lens to the humanity of the refugee crisis. Each refugee story and experience is different; collectively, they show the resiliency and strength of the human spirit. With these interviews we are celebrating and memorializing these individual stories. This project was made possible through a grant with The New School, whose history is rooted in principles of academic freedom, tolerance and social engagement. 

Refugee Stories: Lev Sviridov

Interviewing Lev and hearing his story was profound. Lev and his mother didn’t have a home when they decided to stay in the United States undocumented. Together they found ways to survive while “living in the shadows” as Lev put it. Working with Human Rights First they were able to gain citizenship and build their lives here. Growing up as a first-generation American, it was an honor and privilege for me to hear and record Lev’s story. 

—Kristin Sztyk, Director & Editor 

MA Candidate, Media Studies at The New School

Part 01, A Ticket Out

Part 02, A Decision to Stay

Part 03, A Choice to Live

Refugee Stories: Myra Dahgaypaw

In completing the “Refugee Stories” project, we wanted to express how the refugee experience embodies essential values of strength and courage. These videos tell the story of how refugees have been able to rebuild their lives in the US after overcoming their displacement. 

The experience of listening to Myra’s story was inspiring. She had experienced a lot of difficulties before arriving in the United States. But that did not hold her back when it came to helping others and doing advocacy work for the Burmese community. It was an enriching experience to get to know her story.

This project was completed through a grant with The New School, whose history is rooted in principles of academic freedom, tolerance and social engagement.

Cristina Müller, Director & Editor 

MA Candidate, Media Studies at The New School

Part 01, Displacement

Part 02, Asylum

Part 03, Identity