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When a young Syrian refugee arrives to America and mistakenly gets separated from his mother, he faces a new territory and a overwhelming anxiety that in this big new world, he may never get to see his mom again. Through his search he meets a intimidating soldier, whom with a bigger heart then his appearance may suggest, helps him in his attempt to reunite with his family. Ultimately, with the help of the selfless soldier, our fearful boy finds his courage and learns to trust so much of what he has always feared, only to once again arrive back in his mothers arms.

  • Alexander Stamm
  • Alexander Stamm
  • Mariieta Volynshka
  • Jenna Hagel
  • Rami Wolf
    Key Cast
  • Eloise Ayala
    Production Designer
  • Hannah Getz
    Director of Photography
  • Christopher Orne
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 17, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    17,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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Director Biography - Alexander Stamm

Alexander was introduced at an early age to the art of cinema, experiencing the working world of a set as a child actor and progressing his way to behind the camera as an up and coming Art Director, writer and film director. His experiences behind the camera have grown at a rapid rate from a start in student films to working as an art director on numerous music videos, network series and features. Alexander’s ultimate goal is to continue progressing his way along the lines of art direction as well as, ultimately, to tell his own stories through writing and directing them for the big screen.

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Director Statement

Growing up gay, hiding it, and living in constant fear because of who I was, was no fun journey. To me, Syrian refugees, or minorities that live amongst people and are held in contempt for something that they cannot control, live a life of grave injustice. Just like my personal journey of finding myself, addressing my issues with honesty, and sharing my true self with everyone around me, this story is about one's ability to accept things as they are and overcome the oppression that one may unfortunately face. The truth for me is the same truth for everyone. Not everything that is seen as something bad is actually completely bad. Just as not all things perceived as good are truly righteous. My religious upbringing taught me the opposite of this. However, my own personal oppression and injustice taught me not to judge a book by its cover, nor to ever directly associate one thing with another. All entities, even the ones that appear to be the same, are different in one way or another. Gay people are not all rapists. Soldiers are not all warmongers. Muslims are not all terrorists. There is a wide spectrum within all of us. Finding that in myself, and realizing it, is exactly why I wanted to tell this story, so that hopefully others could find it in themselves too and realize that love and understanding are truly the only answer.