‘Refuge’ Arrives on Digital, VOD March 24





A Film by Erin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship

An inspiring and timely documentary


A stirring and inspiring blueprint for the healing of America, a captivating story of two unlikely friends who transform their anguish and tribulations into compassion and understanding in the new documentary feature REFUGE, debuting March 24, 2023 in North American home theaters everywhere on Digital from Shout! Studios. The movie will also be available in select participating cinemas.

Produced and Directed by award-winning filmmakers Erin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship, REFUGE is a powerful story about fear and love in the American South. The film provides an enthralling exploration of hatred, its origins, and the means of healing. A production of Katie Couric Media and Artemis Rising Foundation, REFUGE is executive produced by Katie Couric, Regina K. Scully, Patty Quillin, Sabrina Merage Naim, Geralyn Dreyfous, Pat Mitchell, Brenda Robinson, Caroline Tucker, Common Pictures, More Productions, Mary Beth Minnis, Emmanuel Jal, Stephen Nemeth, and Betsy Stahl.

A leader in a white nationalist hate group finds healing from the people he once hated – a Muslim heart doctor and his town of refugees. Chris is a husband and father, a veteran, and until recently, a leader in the KKK. He started hating Muslims when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, but is forced to confront his hate when he receives a text from Muslim refugee, Heval. REFUGE illustrates the false promises of hate and reveals where real and lasting refuge is found. Where there is love, there is refuge.

REFUGE is set in the most diverse square mile in America – Clarkston, Georgia – and follows a Syrian Kurd, a former Klansman, and a town of refugees who seek belonging in a country that blames them for its problems. Swimming against the current of an increasingly polarized and isolated America, each must decide whether they will risk knowing and being known by those who oppose them. Ultimately, REFUGE uncovers what is possible when we leave the security of our tribes and what is at stake for our country if we don’t.

Photo courtesy of Tomesha Faxio


ProgrammersAward for Best Documentary Feature – Virginia Film Festival

Best Human Spirit Award – Breckenridge Film Festival

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature – Vero Beach Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature – Vero Beach Film Festival

Best Documentary Feature – Hill Country Film Festival

Student Choice Award – Mountainfilm (awarded to the film that students think will most inspire their generation)

Audience Award for Best Feature – Atlanta Film Festival

Best Georgia Feature Film – Atlanta Film Festival

Standing Up Award – Cleveland International Film Festival

Impact Award – Boulder International Film Festival

Directors Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature – Sedona Film Festival

Special Mention, U.S. Category – DOC NYC

Grand Jury Prize Nominee – DOC NYC



Katie Couric Media and Artemis Rising Foundation

Produced, Written, and Directed by Erin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship

Edited by Katharine Garrison

Consulting Editor Leigh Johnson

Music by Ryan Potesta

Executive Producer Katie Couric

Executive Producer Regina K. Scully

Executive Producer Patty Quillin

Executive Producer Sabrina Merage Naim

Executive Producer Geralyn Dreyfous

Executive Producers Pat Mitchell, Brenda Robinson, Caroline Tucker

Executive Producers, Common Pictures and More Productions

Executive Producers David Hudakoc, Mary Beth Minnis

Executive Producers Emmanuel Jal, Stephen Nemeth, Betsy Stahl

Co-Producer Katherine Garrison

Director of Photography Joseph East


Shout! Studios | 80 minutes

Movie Website

Acclaimed Documentary Feature REFUGE

Debuts on Digital Platforms for Purchase and Rent on March 24, 2023

Apple TV, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Microsoft, and other digital platforms

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