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At the height of the Iraq war, a chance encounter between an American journalist and a gay Iraqi refugee changes both of their lives. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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At the height of the Iraq war, a chance encounter between an American journalist and a gay Iraqi refugee changes both of their lives.

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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FROM BAGHDAD TO BROOKLYN is a film that takes place amidst the Iraqi refugee crisis, told through the story of Mohamed (nicknamed 'Kuki' by his friends and family), a 24 year-old Iraqi refugee and Jen, an American journalist who advocates for his asylum in the United States. It chronicles his quest for a better life amidst persecution, Jen's own journey into the unknown, and the unlikely friendship that forms. But this is not a typical “westerner saves the day” portrait, and we follow both characters through a roller coaster of emotions. The film will shatter stereotypes of Iraqis, challenge preconceived notions of victimhood, and examine the real reasons behind selfless actions.

But we need your help! We have to finish shooting Mohamed as he lives out his new life in the US. Then we get into full-on post mode to get all this material whipped into the film. All your contributions make a difference and we will be eternally grateful to each and every one of you!

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