From Baghdad to Brooklyn

Published: August 23, 2010

FROM BAGHDAD TO BROOKLYN is a film that takes place amidst the Iraqi refugee crisis, told through the story of Mohamed, a gay Iraqi refugee. It chronicles his quest for a better life amidst persecution, and his unlikely friendship with an American journalist who advocates for his asylum in the United States. But this is not a typical “westerner saves the day” portrait, as we learn that all is not what it seems with Mohamed. The film will shatter stereotypes of Iraqis, challenge preconceived notions of victimhood, and examine the real reasons behind selfless actions.

At the height of the violence in Iraq, Shiite Leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa against homosexuals and Mohamed, a 24-year-old gay man from Baghdad, was forced to flee his country. As an American journalist, Jennifer Utz crossed paths with the eccentric former model while reporting in Syria. Drawn into his whimsical world he creates to escape his harsh reality, she forms a unique bond with him, surrenders the role of passive observer, and becomes determined to help him start a new life.

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