November 19, 2014 @ 8:00pm
George Mason University
Presented by the Middle East Studies Program, Arab Studies Institute, and Middle East Etc. Film Club
Ten years after the US-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States, yet their personal stories have been under reported in mainstream news. Director Jehan Harney follows Nazar and Salam who fled Iraq to avoid threats by Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that see them as “traitors” for supporting US forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Once in the U.S., however, they find themselves without any resources or support, wondering in the end if their sacrifice was all worth it. Through their home videos, personal diaries, and media clips the film intimately captures their emotional, psychological, and physical struggles as they reconcile their hopes for a liberated Iraq with the harsh reality of refugees without a stable home. The Lost Dream is produced by ITVS and executive produced by Oscar-nominated documentarian (My Country, My Country) Laura Poitras.
Forum on Muslim and Arab Affairs
FAMA is the research arm of the Arab Studies Institute.