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.





  • Friday May 17th thru Sunday May 19th | screenings @ NW Film Forum | Co-sponsored event with NW Film Forum & CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). This Being Human will be the opening film along with feature documentary, The Feeling of Being Watched. Friday May 17th @ 8pm, Saturday May 18th @ 2pm*, 4pm & 7pm and Sunday May 19 @ 2pm & 4:30pm

  • Sunday May 19th @ 11am | Rainier Independent Film Festival @ Cineyurt, Ashford, WA

  • Saturday July 13 @ 2pm | Walla Walla Movie Crush @ Power House Theater in Walla Walla, WA

  • Friday August 23 @10pm | Global Impact Film Festival @ Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, Washington DC

  • September 19 - 21 | Port Townsend Film Festival, Port Townsend WA

  • Sunday November 17 @ 10am | Sunday morning Forum @ Saint Marks Cathedral in Bloedal Hall, Seattle WA

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.


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