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Who Am I Going To Be? African Youth Build New Lives in NH (NH)

2014
  • Documentary,
  • English,
  • 43 Minutes,
  • United States
    Who Am I Going To Be?  African Youth Build New Lives in NH (NH)
    • Director: Bill Rogers

    What challenges do you think you would face if you suddenly found yourself starting over in a new culture? What in your cultural heritage could you draw on for strength in challenging circumstances?
    The film “Who Am I Going To Be?” explores the constellation of challenges that African youth face as they build new lives in NH. Learning to navigate school and community expectations, adjusting to shifting family roles, and coping with the aftermath of conflict and trauma are parts of their path. They encounter racism which requires strength of character beyond their years. They naturally learn English faster than parents…ushering in issues of respect, relationship, and family authority. The film explores these challenges, honestly showing communal and individual successes and failures. It leaves us wondering how we as a society influence the newcomer’s sense of belonging.