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R!C!A! Film Screening: The One Who Builds

Televisions around America light up every night with the news of people displaced by war, famine and political unrest. The struggles of refugees are often seen as a distant problem, a world away from the living rooms of America and only a click away from something more entertaining. What the citizens of Greensboro, North Carolina often do not realize is that these displaced persons are their neighbors.  Nearly 8,000 of Greensboro’s 270,000 citizens are refugees: people who have been forced to flee their homelands, escaping to start a new life in America. The One Who Builds is a film about the life and work of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen who is paying it forward as the director of a refugee resettlement organization.  In Greensboro, Omer has transcended boundaries dictated by society, race and religion to build a new village, one friendship at a time. A panel will follow the screening.

Million Mekonnen is the Executive Director of North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC). Prior to NCASC, Million worked in various capacities for government, non-government and international organizations. Million’s background includes food security and food price analysis, community development, microfinance, and poverty alleviations and participatory programs. Million has experience working with internally displaced and marginalized peoples. Million’s work focuses on providing leadership and supervision to his organizational team. He is an expert in community development, program, project and budget planning and management, strategic planning, collaboration and partnership building, and resource development. Million has a certificate in Mastering Project Management and graduated from the High Point University Nonprofit Management Institute after studying Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development. A native of Ethiopia, Million received his Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics from Alemaya University, Ethiopia and Master’s in Economics from North Carolina State University.


Hillary Pierce is the Project Manager at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., a new documentary production company helmed by Keith Maitland, and is currently working on several new documentary projects. During her undergraduate career, Hillary learned to combine her love of travel, exploring new cultures and desire to connect with people with her passion for the art of filmmaking by earning a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Film Studies and Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and she completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree at Wake Forest University in Documentary Film. In 2009 she traveled to the Nicaraguan immigrant community of Bajo Tejares in San Ramon, Costa Rica where she began filming her first documentary, still a work-in-progress. Hillary has made several short films including The Love Valley Thing, Mayberry Days, and The Birth and Death of the Day, an experimental piece that ponders the beauty and monotony of the American workday.

Cosponsored by The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.
Presented by the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, the Human Rights Archive, and the Archive of Documentary Arts and Screen/Society. 



February 5, 2015
6:00 pm
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Durham, NC 27701 United States
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