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UW-Madison's Teixeira leads video project on the lives of refugees in Cleveland

September 11, 2017
UW-Madison's José Carlos Teixeira led a video project on Cleveland refugees from Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Iraq. The project was featured in a recent article from cleveland.com. 

Teixeira is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Art Department.

Teixeira
José Carlos Teixeira
In the 70-minute video project, Teixeira interviews several refugees, exploring the struggles of adapting to life in the United States amid homesickness, the aftermath of traumatic events, their hopes for the future and a political climate that is often prejudiced against Muslims and refugees.

Certain artistic choices, such as the de-emphasis of names, the tight camera focus on the speakers' hands and faces and the video's slow pace, give an emotional weight to the words and serve to underscore "the universality of their fears and dreams."

Overall, cleveland.com reports that the project is a "remarkably beautiful document that peels away layers of cliche and stereotypes to reveal the radiant humanity of Teixeira's subjects."

To read more about the project, visit the cleveland.com article.

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