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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 man who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 15, 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. Please visit our dedicated website for our new film about Hameed, This Being Human.


May 31, 2019 | Toronto, Canada | Little Rebel plays at ReelAbilities Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. ReelAbilities is the largest festival of its kind dedicated to sharing the lives, stories and artistic expression of people with different abilities.

Friday May 17th thru Sunday May 19th | This Being Human screens @ NW Film Forum alongside feature documentary, The Feeling of Being Watched. Co-sponsored event with CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).

May 19, 2019 @11am | This Being Human has been accepted into its first festival, Rainier Independent Film Festival! We are thrilled to premiere here for our third year in a row and this just in…..This Being Human WINS BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY!

July 13 | Sat @ 2pm | Walla Walla Movie Crush @ Power House Theater in Walla Walla, WA | * HONORABLE MENTION

Aug 23 - Friday @10pm | Global Impact Film Festival @ Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, Washington DC | * NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Sept 14 | Sat @ 7-8:30 pm | Welcoming Refugee Week | This Being Human & Little Rebel to screen. Crossroads Community Center, Bellevue, WA

Sept 21 | Sat @ Noon & Sept 22 Sun @ 6pm | Port Townsend Film Festival, Port Townsend WA

Sept 22 | Sun @ 4-5:30pm | Local Sightings Film Festival, “Letters to Home” shorts film package @ NW Film Forum, Seattle, WA

Sept 28 | Sat @ 2:20pm & Sun @ 3:20pm | Gig Harbor Film Festival @ Galaxy Theater, Gig Harbor, WA | * WINNER Audience Choice Award

Oct 4 | Fri @ Noon & Wed Oct 9 @ 2pm | Tacoma Film Festival @ Grand Cinema, Tacoma, WA

Oct 3-13 | Awareness Film Festival @ Regal LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA

Oct 6 @ 2pm | Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival | Belfast, Ireland

Oct 8 | Ellensburg Film Festival | Ellensburg, WA

Oct 8 | Fundraiser for Northwest Film Forum, The Ruins, Seattle WA

Oct 12-14 | Deep Focus Film Festival | Brooklyn, NY

Oct 20 @ 1pm | United Nations Association Film Festival @ Standford University, CA

Oct 25 | Fri 10am & Sun Oct 27 @ 10 am | Friday Harbor Film Festival, Friday Harbor, WA

Oct 25-31 | Refugees Welcome Film Festival, | Berlin, Germany

Nov 15-17 | The Hague World Cinema Film Festival | The Hague, Netherlands

Nov 7 | North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival | Fargo, North Dakota

Nov 17 | Sun @ 10am | Saint Marks Cathedral, Sunday morning Forum @ Bloedal Hall, Seattle, WA

March 8, 2020 | Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Nassau, Delaware

March | Burien Film Festival | Burien, WA

April 7-11, 2020 | Cinque Terra Film Festival, Riomaggiore, Italy

  * HIGHLIGHTED screenings will be attended by Guido, Aimie, Isatou &/or Hameed.


THIS BEING HUMAN international footage | We’ve been lucky enough to have two production companies assist us in getting footage from both Turkey and Iraq for our production of This Being Human. We are grateful for their dedication and creativity to assist us in telling this important story. All footage from Istanbul provided by Fixer in Turkey. Feel free to reach out for any future needs you might have for beautiful footage from Turkey.


VISIT our dedicated Little Rebel website to learn more about the film and our journey with Isatou as she continues to empower and advocate on behalf of women, the disabled, FGM survivors and asylum seekers. Link to Little Rebel site.

Little Rebel 2018 & 2019 | Little Rebel has been officially selected for over 30 film festivals around the world!

February 2018 | RW Director & Producer Aimie Vallat gives an interview to Directed By Women. Read the full interview HERE.

Promote advocacy-storytelling with a thoughtful donation to REEL WITNESS; their pro-bono productions are directly enhanced by your generosity. REEL WITNESS is fortunate to partner with Northwest Film Forum as our fiscal sponsor and all donations are tax deductible.

Please donate online; or, mail a check directly to NWFF at 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (note REEL WITNESS on your check’s memo line).  Many thanks for being part of our work!