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Title:Coming of age in exile
Editor:Declich, FrancescaISNI
Geographic terms:Tanzania
United States
documentary films (form)
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Abstract:In 1992, many Somali Bantu people living in the South of Somalia had to flee the country because of the war. This documentary film follows some refugees who have been offered resettlement in Tanzania and the United States. The film shows narratives recounted by Somali Bantu refugees in the village of Chogo (Tanzania) and the city of San Diego (US), highlighting both constraints and opportunities in the countries where the refugees have received asylum following brief or extended stays in refugee camps. Expectations of younger and older people differ and rarely coincide with the chances available in the countries of asylum. Racism from Black Americans is an issue that refugees in the United States did not envisage, whereas unemployment after university education was unimaginable for those who settled in Tanzania. Many young people are firmly motivated to strengthen their education in order to help their families both in the US and in Africa but, often, do not find access even to secondary education. The experiences in refugee camps shed new light on lives in exile. The filmmaker observes a rapid loss of the group's language (Zigula) as well as of some core cultural traditions. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]