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Global Shorts Forum: The Refugee Reality

American Baghdad

Director: Ron Najor

Producers: Ron Najor

Cast: Dany, Luay, Glades, Younnes
Nearly 25% of the population of the town of El Cajon in San Diego county are Iraqi refugees, mostly of Christian descent. These are some of their stories.

High Chaparral

Director: David Freid

Producers: Mor Albalak, Molly Mayo
A theme park celebrating America’s mythic Wild West in wintery Sweden becomes a welcoming home for refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.

The Translator (Cevirmen)

Director: Emre Kayis

Producers: Oytun Kal

Writer: Emre Kayis

Cast: Sherko Mohamad Ali, Gamze Kaçak, Ilke Can
Yusuf, a shy, sensitive Syrian refugee boy who lives in exile at a remote Turkish border town, realizes that he has a newfound power—but it comes at a price.


Director: Chriz Naing

Producers: Yan Naing, Lily Van Leewuen, Jen Hubbard

Writer: Chriz Naing

Cast: Yo Kwee, Reece Ryan, Yamin I, Dillon Betros, Thin Thin Nwe, Ko Yin

A story of a Burmese refugee, Zayar, finding his place in America.


Director: Matthew. K Firpo

Producers: Maximilian Guen, Matteo Zevi, Matthew. K Firpo, Rosanna Bach
A chronicle of human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope.


Director: Fabio Palmieri

Producers: Fabio Palmieri

Writer: Cyrille Kabore

Cast: Cyrille Kabore

Against the backdrop of a mannequin factory, one refugee tells his harrowing story.

Battalion To My Beat

Director: Eimi Imanishi

Producers: Eimi Imanishi, Julia Thompson, Ghalia Omar Ahmed

Writer: Eimi Imanishi

Cast: Mariam Omar Ahmed
Naively envisioning herself a Jeanne D'Arc of the desert, Mariam runs away from the Western Saharan refugee camps in Algeria hoping to liberate her homeland from occupation.
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