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Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

  • Title: Breaking Bread
  • Director: Cigdem Slankard
  • Country: United States
  • Runtime: 22m 0s

Breaking Bread is a virtual reality documentary exploring the multifaceted stories of refugee communities who have recently arrived in Cleveland. The film brings the audience inside the homes of four refugee families, as we share a traditional meal. These families are Burmese, Eritrean, Syrian and Afghan refugees who have recently settled in Cleveland.

The overarching objective of the project is to generate a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis and its immediate effects on American cities. The project approaches the refugee experience at a micro level, focusing on smaller communities as opposed to refugees as a monolithic entity. Through this more focused and character driven approach, the film conveys the uniqueness of each story and reveal the complicated and pluralistic nature of the underlying theme.