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Documentary about Burundian Family to Air on PBS Sunday

UT JEM alumni, Ashley Sharp interviewing executive director of Bridge Refugee Services, Drocella Mugorewera. The documentary 7 Days in America, produced by UT’s Land Grant Films, will air on East Tennessee PBS at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8.

Students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media produced the documentary, which follows a case worker from Bridge Refugee Services as she helps a Burundian family settling into life in East Tennessee.

“Learning about refugees and the resettlement process was a humbling experience,” said Nick Geidner, journalism professor and director of 7 Days in America. “It was amazing to hear the stories about struggles these families have overcome to get to America and to be able to resettle in our city.”

Geidner launched Land Grant Films in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media several years ago as a way to give students hands-on experience in documentary storytelling while providing no-cost video services for local nonprofit organizations.

A total of 10 students were credited on the film working in various roles such as producers and camera operators.

This weekend, Geidner will receive an Award of Excellence in the Festival of Media Arts Faculty Competition at the Broadcast Education Association Conference in Las Vegas.