'Warehoused:' Documentary about refugees to be shown Tuesday in Willmar
WILLMAR — The city and schools of Willmar are featured players in "Warehoused," a documentary about refugees to premiere around the world Tuesday, which is World Refugee Day.
The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center auditorium. Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend. The film is 80 minutes long and is expected to end at dusk, when Muslims observing Ramadan will break their daily fast.
The film looks at the plight of refugees worldwide by focusing on Dadaab, Kenya, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Part of the documentary was shot in Willmar, where a family featured in the film has settled.
Willmar Senior High Principal Paul Schmitz said Thursday that he has seen the film and found it very moving. In the movie trailer, Abdihalim Mohamed of Willmar is featured in a scene from the school's 2014 commencement ceremony.
Filmmakers started following several families in Dadaab a decade ago, he said, and spent time in Willmar, too.
"They make Willmar look like Eden," Schmitz said. "Our town is literally the star."
The documentary is about the camp and the people in it and does not get into politics, Schmitz said.
Schmitz said the district owns a copy of the documentary, so churches, service clubs or others will be able to show it in the future.
On the film's website the filmmakers describe it as "an intimate look at the plight long-term refugees face worldwide." More than 12 million people live in refugee camps around the world, according to the site.
The film uses Dadaab to illustrate conditions and hardships faced by refugees. "This film and the characters in it are not unique; they rather magnify the much larger problems that long-term refugees have faced for centuries," the filmmakers wrote.
The film will be shown in many places large and small Tuesday for World Refugee Day. In Minnesota it will also be shown at the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul and at a home in Clitherall.
Visit warehousedthemovie.com for more information and to see the movie trailer.