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A New Home
This informative documentary tells the story of the Bosnian refugees who fled to St. Louis in the early ’90s, examining their impact on our community and offering a retrospective overview of the war and resulting genocide. The St. Louis area is home to more displaced Bosnians than any other city in the world — perhaps more than 75,000. This 30-year diaspora has benefited the metro area in a multiplicity of ways. On a practical front, the influx of population has contributed substantially to the area’s tax base, but the impact is far greater from a human perspective, with the Bosnians generously sharing their culture and helping to make St. Louis a more welcoming and diverse place. The film features interviews with such local authorities as Anna Crosslin, who headed the International Institute as it facilitated the massive resettlement effort, and former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “A New Home” is director Puleo’s much anticipated follow-up to his wildly popular “America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill,” which screened virtually during the 2020 editions of both the Showcase and the St. Louis International Film Festival.