Bullying. Barriers to communication. The traumas of war. These are just a few of the challenges immigrants and refugees may face as they begin new lives in a foreign land. But far from being defeated, they often tap inspiring levels of resilience. Nashville Public Television’s Next Door Neighbors: Peace of Mind highlights how several members of Middle Tennessee’s immigrant and refugee population find solace in activities that promote well-being. The documentary premieres Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. and will be available for streaming at pbs.org.
NPT’s Next Door Neighbors: Peace of Mind is made possible by the generous support of the Nissan Foundation, which recently awarded Nashville Public Television an additional $75,000 as part of the Foundation’s 2022 grant cycle to fund unique cultural and racial diversity programming.
In Next Door Neighbors: Peace of Mind viewers meet four people – Thuy Rocco, Beizar Aradini, Gatluak Ter Thach, and Shaher Banoo Haidari – and learn how they’ve overcome various stresses. These range from feeling out of place to balancing cultures and culture shock to dealing with past trauma. Whether they came to the U.S. decades ago as children or arrived only recently, all have found ways to not only improve their own well-being, but also to help others gain confidence, strength and peace of mind.
Next Door Neighbors: Peace of Mind was produced by Shawn Anfinson, whose previous projects in the series include Next Door Neighbors: A Time for Healing and Next Door Neighbors: Music City, USA. WPLN’s Nina Cardona narrates the documentary.
Additional broadcast times for Next Door Neighbors: Peace of Mind on NPT are Saturday, July 2, at 12:30 a.m.; Tuesday, July 5, at 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. Broadcast times on NPT2 are Saturday, July 16, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, at 1 p.m.