Barbara Kopple USA / 2019 / 87 minutes
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Barbara Kopple
Legendary Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) explores the global refugee crisis through the eyes of five young boys in this revelatory new documentary. After fleeing the bloodshed and terror of their former homes in Syria and Iraq, the boys struggle to integrate into their new homeland of Canada. The film follows them over a two week period as they navigate the strange new world of sleepaway summer camp. A seemingly fun and exciting experience serves as a test of how well the refugee children can adapt to an environment so radically different than the one that was taken from them. Along the way, the kind hearted camp staff does all that they can to ease the transition. The film explores one of the world’s most pressing issues in a wholly unexpected but completely engrossing way. The end result is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit. — Max Wexler
BIO: Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. A director and producer of narrative films and documentaries, her most recent projects are the documentary New Homeland. and Desert One. premiering at TIFF. Barbara produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her other films include A Murder In Mansfield, This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, Running From Crazy, The House of Steinbrenner, Woodstock: Now and Then, Shut Up and Sing, Havoc, A Conversation with Gregory Peck, My Generation, Wild Man Blues, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, and many more.
Executive Producer(s): Tina Exarhos, Athan Stephanopoulos
Producer(s): Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy, Eric Forman
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