It's been dubbed a North Country refugee crisis--with community groups like Plattsburgh Cares holding workshops with Canadian partners on how to respond with openness to people forced to navigate a world of closed borders.

From Mira Niagolova's Welcome to Vermont.

From Mira Niagolova's Welcome to Vermont.

The Lake Champlain International Film Festival offers its unique perspective on Saturday, November 4 with moving films from around the world that give a very human face to displacement and suffering.

We start @ 4:30 with Mira Niagolova's Welcome to Vermont:  Four Stories of Resettled Identity (2015, 28 min.)  The film is an intimate portrait of communities nearby, as families (from Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Iraq) resettle in Vermont.  Ms. Niagolova will join us at the screening.

Next, from 5:50-6:30 pm we turn to the Another Kind of Girl Collective, 7 short films (35 min.)  by seven Syrian girls who attended a photo and video workshop by documentary filmmaker and educator Laura Doggett while in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp.

The seven films are by Khalidiya (Another Kind of Girl), Walaa (The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon), Muna (Dreams Without Borders), Bushra (The Silence of Nature), Raghad (Barriers of Separation), Rafif (The Long Road), and Marah (Children).

Another Kind of Girl Collective screens after Welcome To Vermont.

Another Kind of Girl Collective screens after Welcome To Vermont.

You won't want to miss these moving, firsthand depictions of life for those so far from home.

Le Lay Hayslip will be at the Strand, Saturday, Nov. 4.

Le Lay Hayslip will be at the Strand, Saturday, Nov. 4.

From 6:30-7pm, we are honored to have a conversation with Le Ly Hayslip.

She is founder of the Global Village Foundation, which promotes literacy and the arts throughout rural Southeast Asia, and the East Meets West Foundation, which has provided medical care and educational opportunities to developing communities in Asia and Africa for nearly thirty years.

Ms. Hayslip will be joined by actress Thuan Le.

They help introduce a screening of Heaven and Earth, the last of Oliver Stone’s “Vietnam Trilogy” and one of his self-proclaimed favorites. this film follows the life of Le Ly Hayslip as she struggles to survive the war and beyond.

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Journey with us, as we bring stories from around the world for this very special day. Saturday, November 4 at the Strand. Check out the entire schedule here.