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Young Creative's Passion For Filmmaking Focuses On The Refugee Experience

Junior Kennedy, a senior at Wayne High School, spent the first seven years of his life in a Thai refugee camp before settling with his family in Fort Wayne. 

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Junior at his mom's store in the heart of the refugee camp.

Besides learning to embrace his own cultural heritage in those early years from his Burmese mother and Karen father, Kennedy also began to understand the importance of art as a tool in maintaining his culture and sharing his story.

Once in high school, it was photography and videography that set him on a mission to embody the voices of the many refugee kids who have similar stories, but no opportunity to share it.

Here is a small sampling of the range of topics he has included in his collection:

To learn how this whole experience has shaped Junior's identity and forged that passion for film directing and videography into a powerful tool for the young creative, WBOI's Julia Meek invited him into the studio to talk about his journey.

You can connect with Junior and see more of his work at his Facebook page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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