COMMITTED TO CREATING A MORE RESILIENT FUTURE BY TELLING POWERFUL STORIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE
THIS BEING HUMAN
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.
Nov & Dec 2018 | Gathering footage from afar
We’ve been lucky enough to have two production companies assist us in getting footage from both Turkey and Iraq. 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!
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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.
Isatou Jallow was born and raised in The Gambia, West Africa. She moved to Seattle in 2012 to seek asylum. She has a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from Université Mohamed V in Morocco and a masters of Law Degree (LLM in Sustainable International Development). Isatou Jallow has experience in international human rights law, especially in the areas of sexual health, reproductive health and gender-based violence. She is a committed activist in the fields of disability, homelessness, and women’s rights and speaks openly about her beliefs. She advocates for the complete eradication of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and access to education for persons with disabilities. She has delivered presentations about FGM, disability rights and refugees’ access to health care at the invitation of UW Law, the UW School of Global Health, Seattle University School of Law, Somali Maternity Services, HealthRight International, Harborview Medical Center, and the Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project. Isatou has volunteered at Harborview, United Way of King County, Everything’s Possible, and the University of Washington Refugee Pipeline Project. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Law at the University Of Washington School Of Law and her research focus is Inclusive Education in The Gambia.