Film Year: 2022
Film Length: 75 min.
Languages: English, Arabic, Kurdish
Director: Din Blankenship, Erin Bernhardt
Deep in the American South, Clarkston, Georgia, is a small rural town reminiscent of a United Nations refugee camp. People from all corners of the world live here, seeking safety and opportunity for a better life in America. Clarkston is also home to Chris Buckley, a military veteran and former Klansman harboring a hatred for Muslims since 9/11. Chris is forced to face his prejudice when contacted by Dr. Heval Kelli, a Kurdish cardiologist with a mission to challenge the looming presence of white nationalism threatening his community. Southern-grown directors Erin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship follow Chris and Dr. Kelli as they must face some of the darkest deep-rooted beliefs etched into the country’s foundation.
Refuge is a battle between stubborn hate and patient compassion. When the dust settles, and an unexpected relationship develops, Refuge reveals the real threat to America and what could happen if it isn’t stopped.
Discussion with Directors Din Blankenship and Erin Bernhardt, and Executive Producer Katie Couric, moderated by Stephen Mull (UVA)
Presenting partners include UVA School of Architecture and Welcoming Charlottesville
Vinegar Hill Theatre