Building Cultural Bridges is the culmination of a year-long community project to make a film about the experience of coming to America. Covering the cultural and spiritual realities of transition through community dialogues, interviews with immigration service stakeholders, teachers and volunteers, the film provides insight into the transition to life in Portland, OR. The film was made by youth from the Bhutanese refugee community, and edited in collaboration with members of B media Collective. While the film is made through the culturally specific lens of South Asian refugee immigrants, the issues raised and advice given is relevant to all newcomers to America.
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A media training in action.
We stopped by the student group again today and go our hands painted! Thanks Ms. Downing for the fun activity!
The wonderful Portland Community College multimedia department let us use their facilities for a training with the kids on Final Cut Pro. They learned all sorts of things in the three hours we were there, and everyone put together a mini timeline of footage they shot about how to correctly cross a street.
There was a lot of information, but they followed along!
We had the exciting opportunity to interview Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz about multiculturalism and immigration. Our two media-makers in training Maya and Ambika fearlessly and professionally conducted the interview and promise to become amazing documentarians. Check it out!
Here’s a video about Burmese refugees coming to the East Coast of the USA that we all thought was well-done.