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Nickel City Smiler

Nickel City Smiler

November 4-6

Here in Buffalo, most notably on the West Side, there is a diverse community of refugees from all over the world. People come here from places like Somalia, Burma, Iraq, and other developing countries for a better life. With the help of Buffalo Public Schools, Resettlement Agencies, and caring members of the community these refugees thrive and become  important asset to a growing city. Nickel City Smiler is a documentary about the successes and troubles of Karen refugees on the West Side of Buffalo, and features an eccentric father of three and his family. Smiler, a Karen refugee from Burma, came to Buffalo with his family a few years ago, and while his life is much safer than it was in Burma, he still thinks the lives of refugees in Buffalo could use some improvement. The documentary, created by Chance Encounter Productions in Clarence, features resettlement agencies, schoolteachers, and some interesting characters to give you an enlightening perspective on life as a refugee. Screening of the film will take place at 7pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Nov 4, 5, and 6) at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center. Hand-made bags by Karen refugee Ma Dee, who is featured in the film, and other Karen goods will be available for purchase at the screening, along with a DVD version of Nickel City Smiler. —ariel peters

7pm, Nov 4-6. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main Street. http://www.nickelcitysmiler.com/. $8.


  • keyenes_pedo

    Buffalo public schools arent helping anyone. Also, I wonder why people in the US think that if country X has so many problems, bringing their people here will make it better? The people make the country what it is. Bye bye USA, but then, that is what the cultural marxists want.

  • Natalie

    In what way are Buffalo Public schools neglecting to help anyone? Also, can you explain your statement “bye bye USA?”

  • Kate

    Fortunately, most people in Buffalo aren’t as xenophobic as the first commentor, who I’m willing to bet is not of Native American descent and has immigrants somewhere in his family tree. I see the Burmese folks out and about on the West Side. For the most part, they seem to be living quiet lives and blending in. In an area that’s been bleeding people, it’s good to have them here.