“An intimate portrait of a Syrian Refugee father and his family building a life from zero in their new home, the United States of America.”

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A story of adaptation, survival, and happiness

Anas is the father of a Syrian refugee family who has escaped the Syrian Civil War and just immigrated to their new home in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. To their surprise, life in the melting pot is just the beginning of their pursuit of refuge; They must now build their new lives from zero.  This is where the story begins.

 

To integrate and survive in the USA, Anas has to sustain his family with menial labor all day long. His only escape is to learn English in what little time he has so that he can pursue his career of 20 years, construction. Anas' six children have to trek thirty minutes to school every day. Some haven't had formal education for three years. Meanwhile, the entire family has to fast during the month of Ramadan, making even the smallest obstacles a struggle. Can they find a true home through these challenges?

 

The Pursuit of Refuge is a human journey that all embark on, no matter who they are. This short documentary is an intimate portrait of what it means to find happiness after you've lost everything.

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