Immigrant children to share experiences at Muslim film forum

May 7, 2017 by

Teens to discuss "Refugee Kids" film
Sana Shakir hasn’t experienced the trauma and persecution of some of the students featured in “Refugee Kids,”  the documentary that will be shown Sunday as part of the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival, but she knows what it’s like to be an immigrant child in the United States.

She arrived at age 8 with her family from Jordan after living in Iraq, not knowing how to speak or write English. Today, at 17, she knows English so well she excels in competitive forensics at Oak Creek High School.

And while acknowledging she puts up with second looks and occasional comments about her hijab, or head scarf, Shakir has found the U.S. to be a place where she can thrive.

“I think it’s great,” she said Saturday. “The safety of it, and how accepting people are, how amazing everything is. There’s so many opportunities and things you could do here.”

Shakir will take part in a panel discussion with other immigrant teens after the 3 p.m. Sunday free screening of the film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Union Cinema.

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