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  • Aid agencies help refugees assimilate into the very foreign American culture.

    Aid agencies help refugees assimilate into the very foreign American culture.

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  • Arbai Barre Abdi and family at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

    Arbai Barre Abdi and family at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

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  • Somalian refugees wave at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

    Somalian refugees wave at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

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  • Sahara Mohammed Ahmed

    Sahara Mohammed Ahmed

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  • Said Mohammed Ahmed

    Said Mohammed Ahmed

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  • Arbai dancing at Khadija's Wedding

    Arbai dancing at Khadija's Wedding

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  • Aden Kabir Edow prays in mosque

    Aden Kabir Edow prays in mosque

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  • Anne Makepeace, filmmaker of Rain in a Dry Land

    Anne Makepeace, filmmaker of Rain in a Dry Land

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The Film

How do you measure the distance from an African village to an American city? What does it mean to be a refugee in today’s “global village”? Rain in a Dry Land provides eye-opening answers as it chronicles the fortunes of two Somali Bantu families, transported by relief agencies from years of civil war and refugee life to Springfield, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia. As the newcomers confront racism, poverty, and 21st-century culture shock, the film captures their efforts to survive in America and create a safe haven for their war-torn families. Their poetry, humor, and amazing resilience show us our own world through new eyes.

The Filmmaker

  1. Anne MakepeaceProducer/Director