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There may be no place like home, but three of this year's short docs endeavor to redefine the idea of starting over.
When editing Out of Many, One, it was not lost on co-director John Hoffman that the students of the New York Historical Society's Citizenship Project were leaving one world behind to join another. "Changing cultures is such a significant decision because you're coming in and you're starting from scratch," he says.
We Became Fragments takes a look at finding one's footing again after a tragedy, as Ibraheem Sarhan moves to Canada with his father after the deaths of his mother and four siblings in the Syrian civil war. "Thinking about how Ibraheem's teachers continually ask him to describe his family is so painful for me, just how often these kids are re-traumatized even after they get to safety," says co-director Luisa Conlon.
When one of their own is killed, emergency medical unit Los Comandos de Salvamento must rebuild their sanctuary amidst terrifying police and gang violence in El Salvador. "When you think about how literally young people are under attack from both sides, this place becomes like a home away from home for them where they can laugh, bond and connect while they're running at the drop of a hat to save lives," says Los Comandos co-director Joshua Bennett.
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