Join OCA Greater Houston as we hold a special TEA Talks x HAAPI Film Festival film screening of SHAYA with post-screening discussion on current and past refugee experiences from our community.
SHAYA | 2013
By Amir Noorani
After a tribal Pakistani family is sent to Los Angeles as refugees, a young boy is forced to become the patriarch of his family. While the move might seem welcome, the family struggles to assimilate with other members of the community, and they find life in Los Angeles more challenging than in war-torn Pakistan.
We will be live tweeting during the event! Be sure to follow us @ocahouston and @haapiff! Don't forget to use #TEATalks for questions/comments!
Jerry Vattamala: Director of Democracy Program at Asian American Legal Defense Education Fund (AALDEF)
Lauren West: Senior Program Manager at Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)
Lauren serves as Senior Program Manager, overseeing a staff of program coordinators and interns that support PAIR's newcomer program ("Global Explorers") and middle school after-school programs ("Global Learners"). She also oversees volunteer management and marketing for PAIR. Lauren graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in international relations, a minor in Middle Eastern studies, and certificates in social entrepreneurship & nonprofits and business foundations. She first began working with refugees as an intern for American Near East Refugee Aid in Lebanon and also worked as an intern and then employee in resettlement, employment, and outreach for Refugee Services of Texas in Austin. She also worked pro-bono for CampHire, a social enterprise that teaches entrepreneurial skills to refugees in camps. Contact Lauren at email@example.com.