A night to celebrate Utica’s tradition of Welcome and to support Ukraine and Refugee Communities
The Center (formerly the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees), along with supporter and
corporate advocates Indium Corporation, Chobani, and Bank of Utica, invite the community to join
them at the Stanley Theatre on Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at 7pm for the film Utica: The Last Refuge.
There will be a question and answer panel moderated by John Zogby, with the filmmaker, Loch
Phillipps, directly following the showing. Tickets are $10 general/$5 student and available at The
Stanley Box Office at 315-724-4000. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Ukraine and refugee
communities. The event will be attended by ABC’s late night news program, Nightline, for national
The film opens with the Azeins family arriving at Syracuse International Airport seeking refuge from
Sudan. After spending six years in a camp in Ethiopia, they finally make it to the United States, where
they are welcomed by Abdelshakour Khamis (an employee of The Center and fellow refugee from
Sudan). The Center is regarded nationally as a model agency for how refugee resettlement is
performed and for how they guide Utica’s refugees into the American workforce and new lives. Utica
is renowned as “The town that loves refugees.” Utica: The Last Refugeshows the interconnectedness
of people, services, and the larger community in their desire to see others flourish and thrive. This
film celebrates hope, resiliency, and the human spirit is a small, vibrant city in the Mohawk Valley.
“Everything in this film-the slices of everyday life, the intimacy-details a people and a community who
found each other and gained salvation. I am proud to say it is my community and I have never before
seen it captured so perfectly” – John Zogby
The Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting refugees, immigrants, and Limited
English Proficient (LEP) individuals throughout the immigration process and helps them achieve
independence and self-sufficiency by developing products and services that enable us to build a
community with many cultures.