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Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary

Only twenty-one thousand Syrian refugees out of five million have been accepted into the United States since 2011. This is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. Despite good intentions, a vast cultural divide prevents the new arrivals and the Americans trying to help them from truly understanding each other. For Syrians like Khaldoun, who was tortured and left physically disabled, and children like Mohammad, who suffers from PTSD, their needs extend far beyond lessons in proper job attire.

Halfway through the process, President Trump issues a travel ban on all refugees from Muslim-majority countries, and suddenly their lives, and the safety of loved ones still trapped in Syria, become all the more perilous. With much-needed empathy, filmmaker Alexandra Shiva reveals the inherent decency of a displaced community desperate for help within a country increasingly hostile to principles of inclusion and opportunity.

Sat. 1/20, 5:30 p.m., Egyptian, PC
Sun. 1/21, 4:00 p.m., Redstone 2, PC
Mon. 1/22, 6:45 p.m., Broadway 3, SLC
Thu. 1/25, noon, Park Ave., PC
Fri. 1/26, 8:30 a.m., Prospector, PC

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY World Doc

COUNTRY U.S.A./Jordan

RUN TIME 91 min

LANGUAGE English and Arabic

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Gidalya Pictures and Blumhouse

WEBSITE http://www.gidalyapictures.com/

EMAIL lindsey@gidalyapictures.com

PHONE (212) 358-9620

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Alexandra Shiva

Alexandra Shiva is an award-winning filmmaker with over 15 years of experience crafting intimate, character-driven cinema vérité documentaries. Her previous films include the Peabody Award winner How to Dance in Ohio, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO; Stagedoor (Sundance Channel, 2006 SXSW Film Festival); Bombay Eunuch (best documentary at New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival, 2001).