About This Program
This program explores the theme of diversity in two documentary films. Starting off is the feature film, Me, the "Other," followed by a short, The Season in the Mist. Both were filmed in Michigan, in the Ann Arbor area and Detroit, respectively.
Me, the "Other"
Documentary Feature, United States, 2018, 93 min, Color
A documentary featuring Washtenaw County Michigan students with diverse backgrounds and issues.
Great Lakes connection: The film features "otherness" and "oneness" stories of 12 students on 3 campuses in 1 Michigan county (Washtenaw). It was made entirely in Michigan.
Director: Shidan Majidi
Producers: Sherry Mirafzali, Shidan Majidi
Key Cast: Taylor, Veronica, Javier, Keiko, Tommy, Hussain, Kit, Ted, Christina, Sam, Celia, AJ
The Buddha International Film Festival (Pune, India), June 11, 2018, Best Documentary
The Season in the Mist
Merajur Rahman Baruah
Documentary Short, United States, 2018, 36 min, Color
There is a fog of misunderstanding today that surrounds immigrants and the immigration debate. This story of Sikhs in America helps dispel that fog. In a time when the immigration debate may be more heated than ever, this film tells an immigrant story that America needs to hear.
Director: Merajur Rahman Baruah
Writer: Arifa Javed
Producer: Arifa Javed
Great Lakes Connection: The filmmaker lives and works in the Detroit area and all interviews were filmed in Michigan.