Yehuda Sharim is a scholar, filmmaker, and creative director of Houston in Motion: Empowering Houston Migrant and Refugee Communities, a multi-media project that provides a window into the lives and experiences of refugee communities in Houston. "We are in it" is his directorial debut.
Dr. Sharim is currently teaching at Rice University, serving as a Kinder Fellow in the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. His other artistic and scholarly work explores connections between art, poetry, comparative migration studies, cultural studies, and race and ethnic studies.
Yan Digilov is Chief Strategist of The Firestarter Group, a non-profit located in Houston that focuses on social investment. He has a degree in economics and mathematics from Rice University. Yan is also a leader in the Houston in Motion collaboration, a multi-media project that provides a window into the lives and experiences of refugee communities in Houston. Coming to the US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union, he has become a powerful advocate for reform in the process of resettlement. Yan has a deep interest in decentralized blockchain technologies, especially as they pertain to applications for better valuing the contributions of migrant communities. We Are In It is his first production work.
Abbigail Vandersnick is an artist, film maker, and editor of 'we are in it.' She is a recent graduate of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois Chicago where she was a videographer and former lab technician assistant. She creates artwork through various mediums to explore projections of culture, individual history, and one's physical environment. Vandersnick strives to create and empower communities.
IN THE PRESS:
"A Voice for Refugees" – Rice at Large Magazine
"In Houston, a filmmaker tries to understand the city’s mélange of refugees" – The Urban Edge
"A Voice for Houston's Refugees" – Rice Magazine
"Migrant Ironies: Migrants Hope for Life Without Limitations in Houston" – The Feminist Wire
See also: Houston in Motion