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Documentary about Burundian Family Airs on ETPBS

LG BurundianThe documentary 7 Days in America, produced by UT’s Land Grant Films, aired on East Tennessee PBS at 6 p.m. on 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.

Pictured: UT JEM alumni, Ashley Sharp interviewing executive director of Bridge Refugee Services, Drocella Mugorewera.

“Learning about refugees and the resettlement process was a humbling experience,” said Nick Geidner, journalism and electronic media 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 video assets for local nonprofit organizations.

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

Geidner received an Award of Excellence for the documentary from the Festival of Media Arts Faculty Competition at the Broadcast Education Association Conference in Las Vegas, April 7-10.