FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY
Saturday, June 22 | 1:00pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza
This multiple award-winning, new film is a raw and deeply personal look at one man’s harrowing journey to be true to himself amidst extreme adversity. The film follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military and ostracized from family and country, Ghazwan struggles to rebuild his life in the United States while coming out as an openly gay activist.
Directed by Erin Palmquist | Film Website
68 minutes | USA | 2018
FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY is the winner of the 2019 OUT HERE NOW Celebration of Courage Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.
BROTHERS is the winner of the 2019 OUT HERE NOW Celebration of Courage Award for Outstanding Short Film.
BROTHERS is a coming-of-age story following a Muslim Arab boy coming to terms with his sexuality. Upon recognizing that he is different through the lens of his family and society as a whole, he decides to face his fears with the support of an older brother who stands by him and encourages him to be himself, in the face of bias and adversity. This remarkable short film aims to shed light on LGBT oppression in a familial, religious space that has yet to be portrayed on screen.