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Following the success of Little Rebel, and in light of the USA’s political climate, REEL WITNESS continues turning-up refugee voices of the Pacific Northwest via film. RW started filming the life of Hameed in September 2018 — a young Muslim who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 16, in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. Now 22 Hameed’s salvation is scholarship in Seattle bound by a big altruistic dream. From flight to refuge, RW seeks to humanize the facelessness of emigration and celebrate personal tales of resiliency.
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Fall 2018 | Production begins on latest RW film about Hameed, a young man from Iraq.
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Originally from Baghdad, Majid participated in the uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991-- he eventually fled Iraq to avoid certain death. Crossing the border to Kuwait City (on foot no less) he surrendered to the American forces. Interred for several years in a Saudia Arabian prison camp, the United Nations finally transferred his case to the American delegation. Arriving in Seattle in June 1995, Majid became an American citizen by 2000. He served as a national delegate twice for Barak Obama's presidential campaigns; and, was Chair of the Bernie Sanders delegation in 2016. He's the co-founder of the Iraqi Community of Washington State, an organization in Seattle-- where he lives with his wife and three children. We are honored and humbled to have Majid, with his firsthand Iraqi refugee experience and his Arabic cultural wisdom, as an advisor on our board.
AMY LLOYD WAGNER
Originally from San Diego, Amy Lloyd Wagner is now the Director of Community Programs for Refugees NW — under the auspices of Lutheran Community Services NW. For over 13 years, she’s worked in program development and refugee resettlement in the Pacific Northwest. Along the way, with some appreciated assistance, she implemented the Independent Living Program for the Refugees NW Foster Care Program. In the midst of her tenure, Amy lived four years in El Salvador working with A-Brazo, a local NGO working on development and disaster mitigation in underserved communities. Her passion for photography transformed into A.Lorae Photography. Amy has also lived in Panama and Guam, and now resides with her wife, Cal-Jean, and their dog Kona, in Tacoma.