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Beautiful Animation Shows What It's Like to Be Homesick in a New Country

In 2011, Naghmeh Farzaneh left her home in Iran to study abroad in the United States. When she first arrived, a simple exchange—like selecting ingredients in line at a fast food restaurant—could quickly become an overwhelming situation. During these difficult times, Farzaneh would take comfort in thinking about a piece of wisdom her mother shared while planting geraniums. In Scent of Geranium, Naghmeh Farzaneh brings watercolors to life in a beautiful animation that highlights her experience as an immigrant.

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