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The impact of the global refugee crisis on children hits home in these affecting studies of trauma, displacement, and assimilation. Drawing remarkably naturalistic performances from a young cast of first-time actors and real-life war refugees, Yassmina Karajah’s RUPTURE follows four Syrian teens as they embark on a summer’s-day odyssey through their new Canadian city, where the turmoil engulfing their home country is never far from their minds. Academy Award–winning director Barbara Kopple similarly explores the psychological scars of war and relocation in her sensitively observed documentary NEW HOMELAND, in which five Syrian and Iraqi refugee boys experience a pivotal summer at a camp in the Canadian wilderness.