Dinka Diaries

Five Sudanese refugee orphans resettled near Philadelphia use digital cameras to tell their experiences adjusting to American culture and a new way of life.

PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
April 1, 2007
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Filmon Mebrahtu

Filmon Mebrahtu makes films that tell the stories of African immigrants’ lives in Philadelphia, and their experiences dealing with American culture. From 2002-2004 he participated in the Independent Television Service (ITVS) Mentorship Program working with award-winning filmmaker Louis Massiah. Mebrahtu’s most recent films include Stop Killing Taxi Drivers Show more (2001), Rencontrer (To Meet ) (2004), and Dinka Diaries (2005). His films have been screened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Northwest Folklife Film Festival and Northwest Festival of African Cinema, Philadelphia Film Festival’s Festival of Independents, Prince Music Theatre, University of Pennsylvania’s African Study Center, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, and the Eritrean Film Festival in Washington, D.C. His work has also been broadcast on Philadelphia WHYY and WYBE television. Filmon is a recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship Award in 2005 for the research and development of his new work Emigre that chronicles the experiences of two Senegalese Muslim immigrant families over a year period — one in Paris, France, and the other in Philadelphia. Show less

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The Film

Five South Sudanese refugees resettle in the Philadelphia area and set out to embrace the new American culture. Armed with their own digital cameras, these young men share their experiences of everyday life.