Wiling away all those hours in 2009 as a prisoner of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, former Current TV producer-editor Euna Lee prayed for a better tomorrow. She was able to get to that place, move from LA to New York and complete the Master’s graduate documentary film program at Columbia University. This past weekend, she screened The Translator, her thesis film about Iraqi U.S. special-visa immigrant¬†Taif Rady.

“The premiere was a part of DocFest at Columbia University, which featured ten documentaries overall,” Lee tells FishbowlLA via email. “About 100 people attended my screening.”

The Translator is a 45-minute look at a formal, U.S. affiliated Iraqi translator and his 11 family members’ first three years in New York,” she continues. “The biggest compliment from this past Saturday for me was that the viewers were really able to see inside of what it is like to live in the U.S. as refugees and the tough life they really go through every day.”

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