Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Film and Media Studies

First Advisor

Kelly Anderson

Second Advisor

Martin Lucas

Academic Program Adviser

Andrew Lund


At Home Among Strangers is a character-driven documentary that explores the price of freedom for a gay person in a society that lacks freedom and civil rights. It follows an asylum seeker from Russia, Sasha Smirnov, during a crucial moment of his life: starting over in New York City at 40 as a journalist without English language skills. The film reflects on the choices one makes and the consequences of staying true to oneself.



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