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The Whole World Waiting

August 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Whole World Waiting co-presented with the Telling Room

A twilight screening of THE WHOLE WORLD WAITING, a Telling Room film that tackles the myths of America from the perspective of immigrant and refugee youth.

Teaching artist Sonya Tomlinson and filmmaker David Meiklejohn created The Whole World Waiting to showcase all fifteen students from The Telling Room’s Young Writers & Leaders program (2011-2012) in three-minute segments. Each story tackles the myths of America told from the perspective of immigrant and refugee youth.

In 2012 the film debuted at SPACE Gallery to a sold-out crowd. Three years later we’re bringing the film, filmmakers,  and several of the students back for a free screening and Q&A to follow. The trailer can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1gnQNZVJn4
Young Writers & Leaders (YWL) is a free, afterschool literary arts program for teenage refugee and immigrant English Language Learners. The program runs for nine months each year, engaging each student in weekly after school sessions that provide unparalleled opportunities to work directly with some of Maine’s best writers and artists, creative writing and arts programming and job skills and leadership training.

YWL is offered in partnership with Portland, Deering, and Casco Bay High Schools, and has served teens from Haiti, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Sudan and Kenya, improving their writing skills, academic performance, social and emotional wellbeing, and their chances of future success.


August 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Congress Square Park
Portland, ME 04101 United States


The Telling Room