Director Alexandra Shiva, Country USA, Duration 91,
What happens to Syrian refugees given haven in a western country? This striking suburban Baltimore set film paints a fascinating picture of the USA through the eyes of four families going through the country’s refugee self-sufficiency resettlement programme. The journey towards acculturation includes buying hijabs featuring the stars and stripes; discovering twelve hour working days; and beginning to confront the challenging gender expectations of their new home. This Is Home gives a novel portrait of America, whilst conveying the resilience of its shipwrecked subjects in a moving and compelling fashion.
UK Premiere. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Reem Al-Awadhi (Managing Director of Yalla Hub in South London), Hassan Akkad (a Syrian refugee who filmed his journey from Syria to Europe for BBCs Exodus series), and Manar Marzouk (Programme Coordinator at Reset Communities and Refugees)hosted by Michael Stewart, Director of Open City Docs.