“To Breathe Free” — Short documentary and winner of “Best Documentary Short” at the Covellite International Film Festival 2017:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
“To Breathe Free” follows the 5-year journey of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs to the refugee camps in Jordan and starting a new life in Washington, D.C. Using home movies, phone video, family photos and interviews with family members and former refugees, this short documentary gives an intimate and unique perspective not seen in current media reporting on the refugee crisis. “To Breathe Free” captures the intersection of individual narratives from a family fleeing the Vietnam War in 1970, to the Syrian Conflict in 2017, to the families who help create a new home in our nation’s capital, giving voice to our common humanity and the struggle that binds people together.