It is with very mixed emotions that I share with you all that From Baghdad to The Bay has been awarded with our fourth award! The Ojai Film Festival selected us to receive their very special Festival Theme Award for Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film. We are thrilled for the honor. You can read more about this below.
We spent a wonderful weekend with the people of Ojai just before the mass shooting took place in Ventura and the fires began to rage. While there, we heard traumatic and inspiring stories about the last wildfire that swept through the region and we were heartbroken when news hit about the recent fires that have devastated so many.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the mass shooting and the California fires. Living in the Bay Area, our air is saturated with smoke and the horror of the destruction that still continues. It is a constant reminder of those we have lost and those who must now find ways to rebuild. We fear for people's safety and we hope for swift containment. Contributions are needed. Here is how you can help.
Erin Palmquist and the From Baghdad to The Bay Team
FREE HOLIDAY SCREENING
Join us for COMMUNITY CINEMA
PRESENTED BY CFI EDUCATION
Monday, December 3rd, 12pm - 2:15
Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA
Admission is free, butseats must be reserved through Eventbrite
Post Q&A with Ghazwan Alsharif & Erin Palmquist
“The memory and feelings I took away from this film continue to be very haunting, in a good way. For me, that is the sign of a successful film.”
Peggy Russell, Ojai Resident
Ghazwan Hangs with High-schoolers
Thanks to CFI's Filmmakers Go to School Program and ForWords Literacy Lab, we had two incredible screenings with some of San Rafael High School's first-generation students. There were tears and hugs shared! They LOVED Ghazwan. He inspired them with encouraging words about believing in yourself and delighted them with his culinary passion - sharing his favorite dishes to cook. Our future is in good hands with these bright minds!
"There are so many layers of meaning in this movie that resonated with our students and caused them to be deeply affected by the movie and the Q&A that followed. Each table group mentioned that Ghazwan’s message, “Never hate; always go with love” meant so much to them, especially in these troubled times."
Gail Siegel, Founder ForWords Literacy Lab
THE PAST TWO MONTHS HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE!
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO
From Baghdad to The Bay wins our 3rd Award for Best First Time Filmmaker
Photo credits: Scott Schwerdtfeger, Suneel Padmaraju, George Lazarus, Caity Ussery, Spark Photography & GI Film Festival San Diego