WNY Refugee Film Festival

Bonus - Lessons in Seeing

Lessons in Seeing

A Truly Special Cinematic Bonus for Early Birds!

If you are one of the first 70 people who purchase an Early Bird film festival package, you are cordially invited to attend the Buffalo premiere of the documentary, Lessons in Seeing, followed by a community conversation on the future of the U.S. refugee resettlement program and other related topics led by the director, Dr. Yehuda Sharim (also director of our festival's opener, we are in it), Yan Digilov, producer, and Dr. Nancy Adossi, who appears in we are in it.

This FREE event, a way to say “thank you” for being an enthusiastic supporter of Journey’s End, will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 2 pm in our theater in the Tri-Main Center. As an Early Bird, you are also invited to attend our VIP reception on Saturday, June 8, 2019, to celebrate the Global Grand Finale of the Western New York Refugee Film Festival, from 4pm – 6pm in the lower lobby of the Tri-Main Center.

Early Bird packages are only available for a very limited time, so click here to purchase today!

Read more about our special guests and the special event here.


Lessons in Seeing: A Film By Yehuda Sharim

When an elderly math teacher, Sibhatleab, ventures alone from a refugee camp in Ethiopia to the United States, he finds himself at the bottom rung of the social ladder in the vast, faceless Texan metropolis of Houston in the summer before a contentious presidential election. As he still copes with his unthinkable twenty-five year history of imprisonment and torture, he finds hope at Salem Market, a tiny store that caters to the city’s refugee community. Lessons in Seeing tells his story of disillusionment and resilience, which causes us to question our understanding of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.


Official Site: http://www.lessonsinseeing.com/

Director: Yehuda Sharim

Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min.

Languages: English, Tigrinya, Amharic, Arabic

Subtitles: English

Country: USA

Production/Distribution Company: Firestarter Group