See How Dancing Helps This Young Refugee Feel Welcome in a New Country

Meet Zain Younus—Pakistani refugee and dedicated Michael Jackson fan. Due to escalating violence in his home country, Zain was granted asylum in the United States and has settled in New York City with his family. Eager to adjust to life in America, the 13-year-old and his siblings are attending a “refugee summer camp” that will help them improve their English language skills. In this touching story from Joshua Seftel of Smartypants, watch Zain transform into a "new American boy" as he performs his idol’s dance moves in the school talent show.

Learn more about the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy and follow them on YouTube.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

See How Dancing Helps This Young Refugee Feel Welcome in a New Country

Meet Zain Younus—Pakistani refugee and dedicated Michael Jackson fan. Due to escalating violence in his home country, Zain was granted asylum in the United States and has settled in New York City with his family. Eager to adjust to life in America, the 13-year-old and his siblings are attending a “refugee summer camp” that will help them improve their English language skills. In this touching story from Joshua Seftel of Smartypants, watch Zain transform into a "new American boy" as he performs his idol’s dance moves in the school talent show.

Learn more about the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy and follow them on YouTube.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.