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From Baghdad to The Bay
Running Time: 68 minutes
Venue: Tiburon Library [1501 Tiburon Blvd.]
Cast: Ghazwan Alsharif, Noelle Linzy, Robert W. Nicholson, Tom Stewart
Showtime: Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 06:30 PM
Director: Erin Palmquist
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
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. We follow Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area while coming out as an openly gay activist.
"My name is Ghazwan Alsharif, and I am a survivor. I am thankful to be a blessed and happy man. In my view, the world is a classroom and every day is a lesson. We learn from it and we move on. My goal is to always be optimistic whenever possible!
At the time we started making this documentary, I was not ready to come out as a gay man. I wanted to protect my family and was more worried for them than I was for myself and the gay community. You may know that the culture and religion in Iraq prohibits homosexuality. When I heard the news in 2012 about what was happening in Iraq regarding the killing of gay men, I decided that someone needed to step up and help stop the craziness. So I took this chance to give a voice to the problem by telling my story. I sincerely hope you enjoy the film."
Festivals & Awards:
- Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, Cinequest
- Best Film, Programmer’s Award for Excellence, OUTshine
- Best First-Time Feature Filmmaker Award, GI Film Festival
- Festival Theme Award for Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film, Ojai Film Festival
- Best Documentary, qFlix Philadelphia
- Celebration of Courage Award, Out Here Now
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