Movie review: 'New Homeland' takes refugee boys camping

BARBARA KOPPLE’S DOCUMENTARY film “New Homeland,” screened at the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, tells the story of five refugees — two brothers and another teen from Syrian, plus a set of brothers from Iraq — who face the totally new experience of summer camp.

MIDDLEBURY — Alan Kurdî died on this day — Sept. 2 — in 2015.

The three-year-old Syrian boy drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when his family and other refugees attempted to reach Europe.

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival wraps up its 5th successful season

MNFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jay Craven, right, asks legendary film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader a question about his career during a Q&A after the screening of his film “First Reformed” at Town Hall Theater during the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Schrader, writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” was given a VTeddy Award for Sustained Excellence in Cutting Edge Filmmaking. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — The fifth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF5) was a rousing success by virtually all barometers.

Point CounterPoint pianists perform in Middlebury

DIANA FANNING, LEFT, Arielle Levioff and Michael C. Haigler will perform a concert of solo and four-hand music at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Friday, Sept. 6.

MIDDLEBURY — Faculty members of Pianos on the Point, a new program for serious adult piano students at Point CounterPoint Camp on Lake Dunmore, will perform a concert of solo and four-hand music at


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