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'After the Tsunami' to premiere Feb. 5 on AETN

Posted 03 Feb 2014

"After the Tsunami," a 30-minute documentary detailing the journey of Indonesian college graduate students who came to United States universities following the 2004 tsunami, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

The tsunami killed 173,000 in Banda Aceh, and former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton championed a scholarship program intended to help restore the human capital in Aceh Provence. Much of the early relief was dedicated to food, shelter and the necessities of everyday life. While roads and houses were being rebuilt, these scholarships allowed 75 students to study in America so they could return home to restore what could not be replaced with asphalt, brick and mortar.

Students are profiled during their time at the University of Arkansas, Texas A&M and the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. The film also follows graduates who have returned home to Banda Aceh and are working in the fields of education, agriculture, government and business. One graduate runs an orphanage for children who lost their families in the tsunami.

"After the Tsunami" was filmed in Arkansas, Texas and Indonesia. The film is written and produced by Larry Foley, Emmy winning professor of journalism and documentary film at the University of Arkansas, and narrated in first person by one of the students, Clinton School of Public Service graduate, Rina Meutia.

"After The Tsunami" will repeat Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 10, at midnight; and Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

AETN is the premier broadcast venue for Arkansas's independent film producers. The network strives to showcase indie films from and about Arkansans, turning the spotlight to a wide range of topics that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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