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DAY ONE follows a group of teenage refugees from war-torn countries who are enrolled at a unique public school for refugees and immigrants-only in St. Louis, MO, where they are guided through an inspirational program of education, healing and trauma intervention by devoted educators, some of whom have chosen to relocate to the inner city to support their students. Over the course of a year, we watch the kids progress through layers of grief and loss as they attend school, forge new friendships, and prepare to be mainstreamed into local public high schools. Their triumphs and tribulations all unfold with St. Louis as the backdrop: a rust-belt city that has taken the bold step of welcoming immigrants as a solution for their growing socio-economic problems.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Lori Miller
  • Producer
    Lori Miller, Brian O'Connell
  • Executive Producer
    Kirt Eftekhar, Peter Tao
  • Co-Producer
    Brian O'Connell, A 31 Films Production
  • Cinematographer
    Brian O'Connell
  • Editor
    David Beerman
  • Music
    Tom Howe, Mike Reed