Rain in a dry land is a film about travel, culture shock, a leap from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century as two devout Muslim families find new homes in urban America. We meet these families in their 'cultural orientation class' in a refugee camp in Kenya, where they are preparing for their new lives. In a classroom they discover ice, a refrigerator, a bathtub, and learn about elevators, stairs, and buildings taller than one story. As their awe and excitement grow, we fear for them. How will these illiterate muslim farmers who speak no English manage to survive in American cities?
The power of the documentary lies in the strength and beauty of our featured families. In cinema veritae style, we follow them from the refugee camp through their first eighteen months in America, experiencing them hope and despair, success and failure, and ultimately a kind of rebirth. Throughout the film, their poetry, humor, and amazing resilience reveal our own world through new eyes.