War. I will never understand war or its' direct consequences. More than 4 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries. Stigmatized, oppressed, forgotten. In 2015, I traveled to Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. I didn't know what to make of that trip and the people that I met there. They shared their stories of hardships, suffering, and horrors of war. Some, don't have the words to tell their story, but they speak through their tears and silence. I left shaken and disturbed, seeing the life inside the refugee camp and trying to visualize of what they used to call home. The biggest crisis during our generation being witnessed, reflects, in part of who we are as humanity. They have fled a war-torn country, marked by devastation they can no longer call home, in search for a new one. I will say, that even in the bottomless pits of utter despair and brokenness, the strength of the human spirit is resilient and extraordinary.
In the short film, "Home," the main character is a 10-year-old girl named Layla who embodies the collective, heroic spirit that I encountered through my travels and a call to who I hope the world can one day be, united together--fighting for the good.
Thank you to everyone that have poured their heart and soul into this project--I am beyond grateful to bring this project to completion.
"Home" is a short film about an 80 year-old woman named Layla who relives her account as a genocide survivor. She enters a world of child-like imagination, where she finds courage to save humanity. After the genocide, 10-year-old Layla fends for herself in the woods and discovers the City of the Lost Children, where children have taken refuge from the genocide. Layla must persuade them that humanity is fundamentally good and worth fighting for.