A new documentary by New Hampshire filmmaker Doria Bramante follows exiles from the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan as they abandon their twenty-year effort to return home from Nepalese refugee camps and decide to seek a new life in America. Many of these refugees have resettled in the New Hampshire cities of Concord, Manchester, and Laconia. Today we take a look at their incredible journey…along with the challenges and successes of starting over in the Granite State.
- Devika Bhandari – She is now an interpreter for Lutheran Social Services, and a Co- Facilitator for the Women Leadership Project at the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire. Devika is a Bhutanese refugee who came to NH in 2009.
- Doria Bramante – filmmaker of “The Refugees of Shangri-La”
- Bhagirath Khatiwada – board chair of the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire and caseworker at Lutheran Social Services. He moved to New Hampshire with the first wave of refugees, five years ago.