Mindy Saw Capstone

For my senior capstone, I took my time to get to know some of the refugee youths from my church and I decided to share their stories. On Wednesdays, we have a weekly youth meet up aside Sundays at church so on certain Wednesdays, I kept one or two people behind after our meetings to interview them about their lives as a child/teen growing up as a refugee in Philadelphia. In the final documentary, I only included certain people to get a variety of ages and years that they’ve been in America. Doing this allowed me to get personally closer to the youth group as a whole and understanding where they come from when they are struggling with certain things. Having the opportunity to share the stories of people from my community that didn’t grow up to have the same opportunities that I did, being born and raised in Philadelphia, made me feel confident and proud to be able to share their lives with the public through my documentary. It also creates a personal accomplishment for me to be able to do something like this for the people of my culture, the Burmese people. The main struggle of this process was only the fact that since it is portrayed in a documentary format, some shots I took of certain people’s stories were not the best, but it had to do because scheduling just one interview was already complicated enough from the process of filming and making sure the lighting and the filming area was the same. Bibliography: Bowles, Edith. “From Village to Camp: refugee camp life in transition on the Thailand-Burma Border.” Accessed on January 23, 2019. https://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/camps/bowles.pdf Dave, Matt, Michael Slowe, and Matt. "How to Make a Documentary: 7 Steps For Making a Breathtaking Documentary • Filmmaking Lifestyle." Filmmaking Lifestyle. November 02, 2018. Accessed January 22, 2019. https://filmlifestyle.com/how-to-make-a-documentary/. Dwe, Eh Taw, and Cook, Tonya. “Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: An overview for torture treatment Programs.” HealTorture Presentation. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://healtorture.org/sites/healtorture.org/files/PowerPoint%20Karen%20Refugees%20From%20Burma%20webinar.pdf Fazel, and Stein. "The Mental Health of Refugee Children." Archives of Disease in Childhood. November 01, 2002. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://adc.bmj.com/content/87/5/366?FROMPPV=true. "Refugees from Burma." Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center. Accessed January 22, 2019. http://www.culturalorientation.net/learning/populations/burmese. United Nations. "Forced Displacement Worldwide at Its Highest in Decades." UNHCR. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2017/6/5941561f4/forced-displacement-worldwide-its-highest-decades.html. United Nations. "Refugees and Migrants – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)." UNHCR. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/latest/2016/3/56e95c676/refugees-migrants-frequently-asked-questions-faqs.html. Paw, Largay. “My American Dream.” February 13, 2019. Accessed on January 25, 2019. Christ, Hser Nay. “My Childhood.” February 13, 2019. Accessed on January 25, 2019. Soe, Christ. “I was a Baby.” February 13, 2019. Accessed on January 25, 2019.