A Place in the World

In the most diverse square mile in America, one school brings the world together.

Synopsis

Outside Atlanta, Georgia is a small charter school that brings together refugee children from war­torn countries all over the world and teaches them alongside local American children. A Place in the World follows three families with ties to the school, a first year teacher, and the principal of the school over the course of two years as they adapt to and learn from this diverse and complex social environment. This documentary asks the question of how we can learn to live together in this rapidly changing world.

I. The Place

A Place in the World is a feature­ length documentary about a small charter school, "The International Community School (ICS)". The school takes on an issue that plagues many communities: what to do for the refugee and immigrant populations whose children are falling behind in traditional public schools. Their conclusion: placing these kids together with local American children will allow a trade­off that, if nurtured and encouraged, will benefit both parties greatly. The school is compromised of about half refugee children and half local American children.

II. The World

ICS is located in a small suburb outside of Atlanta, GA ­ a place with its own divisive history of acceptance, integration and social change. In a way, ICS acts as a microcosmic laboratory for how we can all get along. The community ICS serves was reported by the New York Times to be "one of the most diverse communities in America" where over 60,000 refugees have been resettled to date. The school's refugee student body accurately reflects the global sociopolitical climate at any given time. If there is strife and violence somewhere in the world, there are most likely children from that place at ICS. Such a concentration of peoples naturally brings friction. The parents, coming from worlds apart, hold various ideologies, religions and values that come into conflict with one another. The children, whose identities are still being formed, see something very different. They are stretched between two worlds: one of cultural meshing, and one of traditional belief. Despite their many differences, all the families have something very much in common ­ they want a better future for their children.

III. The Film

A Place in the World takes place over two school years at ICS. It examines how we form our identities and how we can learn from those around us to build stronger communities. The film demonstrates that despite all of the enormous challenges and obstacles facing this country, the United States is still a beacon of hope for so many seeking safety and a better future for their children.

Supporters

  • Sally Thornber
  • Letha Mills
  • Howard Adams and Naomi Toy
  • Edward P. Abbott
  • David and Amory Salem
  • Carol Stone
  • Mark Looram
  • Patricia K Hecht
  • Lehn and Hannah Ellingson
  • The Colacchios, in Memory of Herb Maurer
  • John, Jimmy, and Will Cawley, and Rachel Dunifon
  • Alison Gillmeister
  • Clay Walker
  • Richard Mills, Daneene Mitchell and Family
  • Cathy Perry, InwardBound Center
  • Charisse M. Williams
  • Sam and Pia Jones
  • Marney, Jeff, Theresa and Steven Mayo
  • The Ripples
  • Arline and Duane Dillman
  • Bob Uly
  • Kevin S. Liske
  • Ray and Mary Chin
  • Brandon Carter
  • Erik Maurer
  • Pat Saviano
  • The Foley­Hedlund Family
  • Jason Maurer
  • imp65
  • Peter F. Hecht
  • Michael Downend, in Memory of Dorothy Reddington
  • Peter W Hecht
  • Mehdi & Sabrina Van den Bos
  • Lindsey Bagley
  • Maggie Sands
  • Rob and Suzanne Boas
  • Cliff and Rosemary Mills
  • Jason C. Wilson
  • Mia Brown
  • Chris Egner
  • Frances Collins
  • The Harland Family
  • Kathleen Coughlin
  • Chris Frank
  • Jacob Kresovich
  • Lisa Foster & Tom Graham
  • Connie Bryans
  • Judy Music
  • Jackie Simpson
  • Nancy & Bob Rosenblum
  • Alex Kresovich
  • Rachel Hudson
  • Lea Vainio
  • Elaine and Frank Olmstead
  • Aaron “Pink Fannypack” Keuter
  • The Strudwick Family
  • Laura Jones, Thankful ICS Volunteer
  • Mary Ann Haagen
  • Tom & Hillery Paterson
  • Charlotte, Keating, Madigan Maurer
  • Susan Russell
  • Jason Miner and Liz Olmstead
  • Grey V. Whitefoot
  • Holly and Juliana Hill
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  • Nancy Tehan
  • Marguerite J. Ames
  • Marcy Anson Fralick
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  • Abbie Griggs
  • AJ Sullivan
  • Jose Lorbes
  • Sarah E. Cota
  • Pamela J. Epps, PhD
  • Jeff and Diana Rugh Johnson
  • Rachel Jaffe
  • Tamara Renzo
  • Ms. Lori, The Librarian
  • Rachel Wilson
  • The Fergusons
  • Jim Mayers, Teach For America
  • The Rosenbluth Family
  • Christina Beatty
  • Joshua Andrew Stacey
  • Mr. Bellamy
  • Janet and Peter Lessem
  • Ray and Artha Groves
  • Bob Schweitzer
  • Jon Taylor
  • Erzsi Nassau
  • Alexi Ernstoff
  • Ben Blodgett
  • Elisa Evett
  • Sarah Kennedy
  • Lindsay Futterman
  • Rebecca Phalen
  • Carrie M. Hamilton
  • Kelsey Redpath
  • Gerry Cox
  • Jennifer Ramamoorthi
  • John Mitchell
  • Kevin Birdsey
  • Orly Munzing, Founder & Executive Director of Strolling of the Heifers
  • Lindsey Boettinger
  • Judi Van Nostrand
  • Marjorie Nelson Matthews
  • Meron Foster
  • Margaret Perry
  • Alaric Harbaugh
  • Tallulah Tangle
  • S. Freeman
  • Tovah Melaver
  • Darci Asche
  • Matt Bucy
  • Margo Doscher
  • Linda Lester
  • Andrew Goodman
  • Scott Blew
  • Benjamin Thypin
  • Joshua Enterprise Esnard
  • Glynda McKinnon
  • Elizabeth Age & Rubin Navio
  • Marissa Baker
  • Gloria and Kim
  • Mary Gai
  • Alison Horn
  • Aaron Levy
  • K. Heidi Fishman
  • Timo Stepper
  • Erika Berg, Refugee Youth Empowered
  • Suzanna Steinerd
  • Emily Cafritz
  • Evelyn Litzenberg, ICS Teacher
  • The Scheuch Family
  • Jane Reynolds & Liz Flannery
  • Alex Morse
  • Maggie Melvin
  • Sean Regan
  • Jack Gilbert
  • Tom Daly
  • Janet Correia
  • Peter Fregeau
  • Derek Malila
  • Alden and Willow Forbes
  • Angie Lugo
  • Chris and Deanna McArthur
  • Ann and Jack Lathrop
  • Caitlin Costello
  • Glenn Dulken
  • Angela Gunn
  • Michelle Meyer
  • Amy Bernhardt
  • Liz Bergren
  • Melissa Herland Licht
  • Phoebe Grip
  • Claire Sheldon
  • Timmy Brodersen
  • Amanda Carson
  • David Stutzman
  • Rosalind and Howard Feinstein
  • G Mills
  • Meri
  • Marjorie Sopkin
  • Marion
  • Grant Haynes
  • D. Lang
  • Liz Olmstead
  • William Alden
  • Rebecca Alexander
  • Leslie and Jeff Sokolow
  • Pamela Yates
  • Drea
  • Scott Sasso
  • Jess Kimball
  • Sarah Copeland
  • Tarah Smith Evans
  • Michelle Ludema
  • Manoela Muraro
  • Shaun King, HopeMob
  • Fred Stevens
  • Joe Bertino
  • Kathy Meidell
  • Sharon McCreary
  • Salai
  • Mike Lary
  • Kerri Whipple
  • Vaughn Dabney
  • Candy Lee
  • R. Desideri
  • Cathy Owens & Bill Bailey
  • Joe Zangl
  • Becki Cohn­Vargas
  • Timothy Shay
  • Lyndsay Logan Leach
  • Katie Levy
  • Andy Rowles
  • Walter Congram
  • Laura Duncan
  • Kevin Murphy­Ferguson
  • Erin Levenick
  • Lauren Azoulai
  • Ana Gaston
  • Lara Dennis
  • Ruth Hall
  • The Sweeney's & Cara Sosnoski
  • Corey Martin
  • Jason Antin
  • Joelle Kellem
  • Strider Sulley
  • Zags
  • Andrea Mcdonough
  • Scott Redpath
  • The Siegel­Maddalena Family
  • Peter Ireland
  • Lisa Cashdan
  • Christie Walkuski
  • A. Whitney
  • Ben Schwartzbach
  • Wendy Powers
  • Diana Bromfield
  • Ralph Kirkland
  • Lara B. Avery
  • George "Siosi" Samuels
  • Fred Brodersen
  • Andrea O'Hearne
  • Mark Janes
  • Chris Simser
  • Henry Ginsberg
  • Sharon Avery
  • Radka Jersakova
  • Aneta Jersakova
  • Lesly Nichel Washington
  • Carolyn Hausman
  • Anne Barrett
  • David Ornvold
  • Malia Wood
  • Caitlin Barrett
  • Maria Wilcox
  • Judith Pond
  • Ashley Clapp
  • Robyn Drake
  • Danielle Dulken
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  • Stephen Maurer
  • Hunter Knight
  • Krista Lee Weller & Sharon Boeckle
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  • Maija Pulkkinen
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  • Ludella Lewis
  • Teoh Fook Seng
  • Tom Clausen
  • Kevin McMahon