Documentary Film - Is this Home Now?

"Is This Home Now" is a compelling and thought-provoking short documentary film directed by Weruche that delves into the lives of three refugees who have resettled in the vibrant city of New Haven, CT. Through intimate storytelling and captivating visuals, the film provides a unique glimpse into the experiences and challenges faced by refugees seeking safety and a new beginning.

The documentary follows the inspiring journeys of three individuals: Bushra Mahdi, a resilient refugee from Iraq; Amal Eltaib, who arrived in the United States from Sudan in 2008; and Faiz Alsilaik, a Sudanese journalist. By focusing on their personal stories, the film offers a humanizing perspective on the refugee experience, exploring their struggles, aspirations, and the profound transformations they undergo in their new home.

Weruche masterfully weaves together the narratives of these individuals, juxtaposing their individual experiences with insightful interviews of key figures such as Senator Chris Murphy and IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) Executive Director Chris George. Through these interviews, the film delves into crucial topics such as the refugee ban of 2017, the intricacies of the resettlement process, and the broader implications of refugee policy.

With empathy and sensitivity, "Is This Home Now" sheds light on the resilience and determination of refugees, while also examining the societal and political challenges they face. The documentary prompts viewers to reflect on issues of displacement, identity, and the profound human longing for a place to call home. 

Through its intimate storytelling and powerful visuals, "Is This Home Now" compels audiences to confront their own perceptions and biases surrounding the refugee experience, fostering empathy and understanding in an increasingly divided world. The film serves as a poignant reminder of the shared humanity that connects us all and the importance of creating welcoming communities for those seeking refuge.

Some of the most amazing people I've had the pleasure of meeting were refugees. They came from different socioeconomic backgrounds, spoke different languages, and had varied life experiences however, one singular connection they all seemed to have was the need to find home again - A safe place to live where they could no longer be afraid.

 Some were displaced, separated from their families, and forced to move to unknown lands, and the lingering fear of yesterday stayed with them, even in their new home country.

 For most refugees, all they really want is to be free to LIVE peacefully. Last year, I began the process of telling their stories through my final project at Quinnipiac University. (That's the least I can do for this wonderful group of people who bear within them the power of courage, strength, and resilience.) I knew I had to give back to this wonderful group of people who I became a part of when I gained asylum. Yes, it was personal as with everything else in my life and journey. I could relate, so I took the plunge.

 Now, the new president Donald Trump and this new administration want to stop refugees from moving to America. I stand here today to FIGHT that decision. #UNHCR #IsThisHomeNow..I'm not sure what the next few months will bring as I continue on this path, but I hold in my heart the promise to honor this wonderful group of people through my work.