CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 80 minutes


In LaFayette, Georgia, where roadside farm stands of peaches are as commonplace as the Confederate flag, Chris is full of rage. After enlisting in the U.S. Army in response to 9/11, Chris spent 13 years defending his country and learning a deep hatred for the Muslim community. When he returned home, he found solace in narcotics and the KKK in an attempt to make peace with his wounds from combat. Two hours south in the peaceful pocket of Clarkston, the state’s largest resettlement area for refugees, lives Syrian refugee Heval. Forced to flee his country at the age of 12, Heval earned an unshakable resilience before becoming a prominent cardiologist in his community, where more than 100 ethnicities thrive. When the lives of a white supremacist and a Kurdish doctor intersect, Chris and Heval are challenged to see themselves in one another. Necessary and perpetually timely, REFUGE lays down arms in an act of vulnerable compassion and the ability to listen and learn to love those we have feared. —A.B.

Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Monday, April 04, 2022 at 7:40 PM

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 2:15 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature

Director Director

Erin Bernhardt, Din Blankenship

Erin Bernhardt, Din Blankenship

Erin Bernhardt, Din Blankenship

Joseph East

Katharine Garrison

Film Contact

This film is presented in loving memory of DALE E. HOPKINS II.

Film Sponsors

Kiwanis Foundation of Cleveland

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Community Partners

Global Cleveland

Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland

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