Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.


Theatrical Trailer

“A testament to the spirit of some of America’s youngest refugees.”David Miliband, International Rescue Committee

Directed and Produced by
Renee Silverman
Peter Miller

Edited by
Aaron Vega

Associate Producer
Caroline Berler

Peter Miller

Music Composed by
Liz Swados

Instrumental Music Performed by
Liz Swados
Yukio Tsuji
Sam Willmott
Kris Kukul

Recorded and Produced by
Yukio Tsuji

Animation Producer/Director/Designer/
Storyboard Artist/Animator

Brian O’Connell

Additional Animator & Compositing
Christina Riley
Johnny A

Animation Designer
Nancy Fremont

Caroline Berler

Additional Camera
Caroline Berler
Matheus Parizi Carvalho
Tim Cothrin
Brian Dentz
Manosij Guha
Antonio Rossi

Additional Sound
Matheus Parizi Carvalho
Diane Hounsell
Alex Marshall
Robert Poss
Rachel Reichman
Renee Silverman
Ignacia Valerio
Natalie Zimmerman

Hazuki Aikawa
Matheus Parizi Carvalho
Ariel Endacott
Eric Kanner

Matheus Parizi Carvalho
Robin Crowther-Smith
Ariel Endacott
John Jordan
Eric Kanner
Christopher Pejovich

Fundraising Trailer Editor
Rachel Reichman

Additional Editing
Scott Hancock

Post Production Facility
Glue Editing & Design
Steve Pequignot – Online Editor/Colorist
Clive Hahn – Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer

Legal and Fair Use Advisors
Glushko-Samulson IP Clinic
The American University Law School

Special thanks to the International Rescue
Committee for its ongoing support of this
project and allowing us to chronicle its work.

Special Thanks
Alexandra Cohen
Ruth Fertig
GRS Systems
Peter Jaszi
Deborah Kraus
Valerie Marcus
Anna Miller
Stefan Mueller
Adam J. Segal
Mollie & Arthur Silverman
David Van Taylor
Debra Vega
Steven Wechsler
Carrie Welch
Natalie Zimmerman
Sam Zimmerman
Sebastian Zimmerman

Fiscal Sponsor
Independent Filmmaker Project

Produced in Association with
Willow Pond Films, Inc.

Friends of Refugee Kids
David Earls
Sebastian Zimmerman
Leon Silverman
Amy Linton
Gina Milano
Alessandra Dolnier
Juergen Fraenznick
Sara Katz
Charlotte Barrett
Ira Gewanter
Jan Coyne
Robert Fish
Eric Politzer
Ellen Greenebaum

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