Join filmmaker and UVA School of Architecture alumna Din Blankenship (BS Arch ’07) for an intimate conversation about her journey from architect to professional filmmaker and producer. She will discuss how her training as a designer deeply impacts her approach to storytelling and making films. Blankenship returns to Charlottesville for the 35th annual Virginia Film Festival (November 2–6, 2022) to screen Refuge, the 2021 documentary film she co-directed and co-produced with Erin Bernhardt.
Refuge is a documentary film about fear and love in the American South, set in the small and extremely diverse town of Clarkston, Georgia.
Refuge follows a Syrian Kurd, a former Klansman, and a town of refugees who seek belonging in a country that blames them for its problems. Swimming against the current of an increasingly polarized and isolated America, each must decide whether they will risk knowing and being known by those who oppose them.