American Beat: Cops and Refugees Join Forces in Boise

Feb. 1, 2018  :  With Carnegie Corporation of New York
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About the Project

Since the 1970s, thousands of refugees from countries such as Iraq, Congo, Burma, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Somalia have started new lives in Idaho. 

With the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Blue Chalk Media traveled to Boise, Idaho's state capital, to document how the city is working to support these refugees.

We learn about the Boise Police Department's groundbreaking refugee mentor program and meet a former Iraqi translator for the U.S. military, Saif Al Anbagi, who dreams of becoming a police officer.

We also hear about the outpouring of love from the local community and how this has helped refugees to feel welcome in their home. 

The full version of this film was shown at a special screening in Boise, Idaho, and aired on Idaho Public Television.

  • Rob Finch, Director
  • Gail Ablow, Director/Producer
  • Greg Moyer, Executive Producer
  • Rob Finch, Director of Photography
  • Maria Kjellstrand, Editor
  • Megan Clark, Additional Cinematography
  • Whitney Bradshaw, Additional Cinematography
  • Jamie Francis, Additional Cinematography
  • Greg Snider, Additional Editing
  • Rob Finch, Additional Editing
  • David diDonato, Sound Recordist
  • Jesse Crowell, Graphics
  • Digital One, Sound Design
  • Darren Hartman, Color
  • Sebastian Weinberg, Production Manager
Services Provided
  • Original Cinematography
  • Original Music Composition
  • Post-Production