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How Far is Home (2020)

In the midst of Trump's immigration ban, a teenage refugee Ahmed and his sister Ruba find a home at a Cleveland school for immigrants. Will they be able to reach their dreams?


Apo W. Bazidi


Apo W. Bazidi




Credited cast:
Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed ... Self
Ruba Mohammed Ruba Mohammed ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mourad Abdelshaid Mourad Abdelshaid ... Self
Asrar Abusai Asrar Abusai ... Self
Terrance Barry Terrance Barry ... Self
Felica Bode Felica Bode ... Self
Maria Bozak Maria Bozak ... Self
Angela Bruehler Angela Bruehler ... Self
Marisol Burgos Marisol Burgos ... Self
Maria Foster Maria Foster ... Self
Marvin Foster Marvin Foster ... Self
Kaleb Garcia Kaleb Garcia ... Self
Leslie Glichrist Leslie Glichrist ... Self
Agron Muqolli Agron Muqolli ... Self
James Pettway James Pettway ... Self


Ahmed and Ruba, two Iraqi siblings who lost their parents after fleeing Syria, pursue their education in an all immigrant school in Cleveland, Ohio. Ahmed's goal is to become an x-ray technician to help others, and he works as a busboy to support himself. Ruba shares their tragic background through her creative writings. Together, they find solace by performing in public theatre. While they struggle to pursue their dreams, current immigration policies weigh heavy on their minds. Written by Burn A Light Productions

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In Pursuit of the American Dream


Documentary | Short

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seizing their opportunity
30 March 2020 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It's a 21 minute documentary short film, yet director Apo W Bazidi (RESISTANCE IS LIFE, 2017) manages to put a face to President's Trump immigration policies and proposals, and those people trying to make the best of it. We immediately take a liking to Ahmed Mohammed, the same as most others who meet him.

Ahmed attends Thomas Jefferson School in Cleveland. It's an immigrant school and covers grades Pre-K through 12th for "newcomers." We learn Ohio receives the third most refugees of any state, and most are children. Ahmed is from Iraq and is 11th grade. He attends school, works as a busboy, has been selected for peer mediation, and acts as translator for new students. He sports a mop of wavy hair, loves acting class and soccer, and is bursting with charisma. Ahmed is everything we hope for our own kids. However, Ahmed has lost both parents, and now clings to his sister Ruba, a senior at the same school. They came to the US from Syria, after previously fleeing Iraq.

One of the best moments occurs when Ruba reads the paper she wrote recollecting her own experience ... an experience likely similar to many in her class. Each is learning a new language and culture, and the support system of the teachers and administrators is crucial. Many of the teachers have backgrounds similar to the students. The film is filled with folks making the best of their situation and seizing an opportunity to salvage a life, where once one was in doubt. One can view Bazidi's film as being critical of the current U.S. immigration policy, or as an exceptionally inspirational film about those who are working daily to take advantage of an opportunity. Ahmed and Ruba, and these educators leave quite a strong impression.

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