The film opens with the Azeins, a refugee family from Sudan, arriving at Syracuse International Airport. After spending six years in a camp in Ethiopia, they have at last made it to the US, where they are welcomed by Abdelshakour, an employee of Utica’s venerable refugee resettlement agency, and a fellow refugee from Sudan. The Center is regarded nationally as a model agency for how refugee resettlement is done, for how they guide Utica’s refugees into new jobs and lives. Utica is renowned as “The town that loves refugees.” This film peels back the layers, the interconnectedness of people, services, and the larger community, to welcome refugees. This film celebrates hope, resiliency and the human spirit in a small, vibrant city in the Mohawk Valley.
“Everything in this film- the slices of everyday life, the intimacy- details a people and a community who found each other and gained salvation. I am proud to say it is my community and I have never before seen it captured so perfectly.” – John Zogby