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'Warehoused:' Documentary about refugees to be shown Tuesday in Willmar

Warehousedthemovie.com photo Abdihalim Mohamed of Willmar is shown in a scene from the film "Warehoused" at the 2014 commencement ceremony at Willmar Senior High School. He and his family are featured in the documentary about the plight of the world's refugees. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 1 / 7
Warehousedthemovie.com photo Dust rises from the desert as people walk next to coiled razor wire in the Dadaab refugee camp in this scene from the film "Warehoused," a documentary about the world's refugees. Part of the film was shot in Willmar. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 2 / 7
Warehousedthemovie.com photo This is a part of Dadaab refugee camp, which houses as many as 500,000 refugees from war-torn areas in Africa. The new film "Warehoused," a documentary about the world's refugees, was also filmed partly in Willmar. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 3 / 7
Warehousedthemovie.com photo Conditions in the Dadaab refugee camp are shown in this scene from the film "Warehoused," a documentary about the world's refugees. Part of the film was shot in Willmar. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 4 / 7
Tribune file photo Willmar's welcome sign stands in contrast to the scenes of Dadaab refugee camp in the film "Warehoused," a documentary about refugees. Part of the film was shot in Willmar. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 5 / 7
Warehousedthemovie.com photo Women look through a fence at Dadaab refugee camp in a scene from the film "Warehoused," a documentary about the world's refugees. Part of the film was shot in Willmar. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 6 / 7
Warehousedthemovie.com photo Children attend school at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in this scene from the film "Warehoused," a documentary about the world's refugees. Part of the film was shot in Willmar. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. 7 / 7

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.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

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