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FLEE: a documentary

“Flee” is the true story of Amin Nawabi, forced to flee his native Afghanistan as a refugee. At the same time, he struggles with coming out as gay. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, “Flee” was a crowd favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the 2021 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for a documentary.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Griffith Film Theater

7:00 pm

Paid parking is available in the Bryan Center deck.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with: 

Ellen Andrews, NC Area Director, Church World Service

Ellen Andrews is a Durham, NC native and the NC Area Director for Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program. She oversees CWS local offices in Durham and Greensboro: a refugee social services office in each city as well as a satellite immigration legal services office in Durham. Ellen is passionate about economic empowerment and gender equality in refugee services.


Faridah Bahume, Cultural Orientation Specialist, Church World Service

Faridah Bahume is a Case Manager official with CWS-Durham. She first came to CWS as a refugee in 2014 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was able to participate in the Refugee AmeriCorps program and serve at CWS. She finished her program through AmeriCorps and was able to stay with CWS transitioning into her position as a Cultural Orientation Specialist and then Case Manager. Faridah is excited to share her years of experience not just from CWS but also her personal experience as a former refugee herself.


Deb Reisinger, Associate Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies

Deb S. Reisinger, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies, and affiliate faculty in the Duke Global Health Institute. Trained in 20th-century French and Francophone Studies, Deb is keenly interested in how we use language to express identity. Since 2013, Deb’s work at Duke has focused on Central African refugee resettlement in NC. Each fall, she teaches a service-learning course, Issues in Global Displacement, that pairs students with refugee families, and together, they have developed a series of projects welcoming French-speaking refugees to Durham.  A fellow at the Center for New North Carolinians, she is the recent co-author, with Joan Clifford, of Community-based Language Learning (Georgetown Press, 2019). 

The panel will be moderated by:

Presenting Partners: Duke Human Rights Center at FHI, Duke Arts, and DEMAN.

Additional cosponsors include Duke Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic and International Human Rights Clinic, the Program in Gender, Sexualities, and Feminist Studies, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Duke Middle East Studies Center, and International Comparative Studies.

Masks and all relevant COVID-19 protocols are mandatory at the event venue.


November 30, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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