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Alexandra Shiva ’95 will screen her documentary, “This is Home: A Refugee Story” (2/21)

Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva ’95 will screen her documentary, “This is Home: A Refugee Story,” on the Vassar campus on February 21. The event, sponsored by the Consortium on Forced Migration and Education, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, is free and open to the public.

The documentary chronicles the lives of four Syrian refugee families who are finding their way in the United States after being resettled in Baltimore. The film will be shown at 7 pm in Vassar’s Martel Theater. Shiva and producer Jason Blum ’91 will discuss the film at its conclusion.

Shiva is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She won a Peabody Award for her film “How to Dance in Ohio,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and aired on HBO to critical acclaim. Shiva’s other work includes “Stagedoor,” which premiered at SXSW in 2005, and her 2001 directorial debut, “Bombay Eunuch,” which won Best Documentary at NewFest and the Florida Film Festival’s Special Jury Award.

Shiva made the film with Jason Blum ’91, an Emmy award-winning producer and founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company. Blum has produced more than 75 films, including “Get Out “(2017), “Paranormal Activity” (2007), and “Whiplash” (2014).

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, February 14, 2019