THIS BEING HUMAN | إنسانية
A portrait of a young Iraqi who left everything behind at 15, in a solo quest for a more peaceable future; Hameed’s salvation is education in the US bound by a big altruistic dream.
A modern hero’s journey; a child of war runs the race of his life, for days cross-country, and knocks on the door of refuge. Supplicating for entrance, and turned-away twice in Turkey, finally, Hameed is granted United Nations-guaranteed safe passage, to the USA — a solo journey, leaving his home for refuge, hope and dreams. He lands in Seattle where, after 8 years of no education in Iraq, he gains speed with access to resources and the classroom. It seems insurmountable, he’s dedicated and learns a third language, he encounters adversity and challenge, a foster family steps forward, and he accelerates towards higher education and loftier altruistic dreams...
This being survival. This being resilience.
This being immigrant. This being free.
This being our American Dream.
THIS BEING HUMAN
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Rainier Independent Film Festival | * WINNER - BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Walla Walla Movie Crush | *Honorable Mention
Global Impact Film Festival | *Nominated Best Cinematography
Reel Witness humbly presents a concentrated sliver of humanity in our documentary, This Being Human, and invites viewers to glimpse into the life of a young refugee. We offer our gratitude to everyone holding space in this country of immigrants for new guests/citizens. We thank Hameed for his graciousness, endurance and bravery in sharing his story.
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks