Building Cultural Bridges: Bhutan – Nepal – Portland

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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Media Training Action

A media training in action.

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Project Time Line

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David Douglas Meeting & Henna!

We stopped by the student group again today and go our hands painted! Thanks Ms. Downing for the fun activity!

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Final Cut Teach In @ PCC Cascade

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!

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Interview with City Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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!

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Burmese Refugee Video Example

Here’s a video about Burmese refugees coming to the East Coast of the USA that we all thought was well-done.

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April 24: Second Round of Community Interviews in Beaverton

What an Easter! B Media and the Bhutanese community spent it discussion America, Bhutan, refugee camps, raising children, racism, civil society and how money grows on trees.  We talked to kids and adults about their experience coming to America, and, as always, shared a big meal together.

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April 17: First Round of Community Interviews in East Portland

We spent this Sunday in East Portland with about 30 members of the Bhutanese community age 8 months to 70.  It was an inspiring discussion as a whole, and then we broke out into smaller groups, played with the kids, ate a huge meal for lunch, and talked individually with those who wanted to share their stories.

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Sunday, April 10: First Interviews in East Portland!

Today we did a dry run of interviewing like we’ll be doing with community members next weekend. The kids set up the sound board and the lights borrowed from the CIO, and conducted an interview using the questions we prepared to generate dialogue in the community. It was very professional –many thanks to our hosts for letting us use their living room and serving us yummy food!

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