Documentary Tells Story of SYSC Worker

Peter Nhiany was One of the Lost Boys of Sudan; Free Screening is Monday

When Peter Nhiany was just 9, he fled his war-torn homeland of South Sudan. He spent the next dozen years in refugee camps before winning the opportunity to come to America as part of the now-famous Lost Boys resettlement program.

Peter Nhiany

Peter Nhiany

Now in his 30s, he works for the state and is the subject of a short documentary that’s being screened Monday at Red River Theater in Concord. The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member’s story is one of the pursuit of the American Dream: the tireless and boundlessly enthusiastic Nhiany works three jobs, is pursuing his Master’s degree and supports his growing family in Africa (in addition to a boys soccer team). He said he’s hoping that the documentary provides some perspective on other parts of the world.

“The most important thing is to let the American people know that in another part of the world, there is so much happening to people like me,” said Nhiany, who is a youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center. “They need to know what I went through and that other people are going through the same thing.”

The screening is Monday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Tim O’Donnell, and Nhiany. Red River Theaters is at 11 S. Main St. in Concord. Tickets are free and you can get yours online. You can watch a trailer for the film here.

If you can’t make this screening, there will be another in early October at Granite State College’s Manchester campus. We plan to sit down with Nhiany for a more in-depth story in the coming weeks ahead of that second screening.

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