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From Baghdad to The Bay is a documentary that follows the journey of an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. and ostracized from his family and country, Ghazwan Alsharif struggles to rebuild his life in the United States while coming out as an openly gay man.

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Taste Chef Gs Food & Help Us Make 2019 a Year of Impact

Kat Cole

What an incredible year 2018 has been! We have screened 23 times for over 2,000 people and won four awards! With each screening, people approach Ghazwan and myself to share the impact the film has had on them. It has been a deeply moving experience!

Ghazwan's story is changing lives in profound ways and we are eager to make 2019 an even more impactful year. Will you help us maintain our momentum and reach audiences who need this film most? Make a year-end tax-deductible donation today to help bring this film to communities across the country.

No amount is too small, every dollar will have impact.


While we complete the necessary steps to prepare the film for a release on platforms such as iTunes and Amazon, we are also in the process of creating a strategic community screenings campaign that will bring this film to audiences across the country, and we need your help to make this possible. You can read more about our campaign on our Go Fund Me page.

As our immigrant and LGBTQ communities face great threat, Ghazwan's story becomes more and more relevant and important. Wearea country that embraces diversity, ingenuity, compassion and love, but this message and way of living is being buried by fear and turmoil. A true embodiment of therealAmerican dream, Ghazwan illustrates the hope and spirit that this country still inspires at a most pertinent time.

For those of you who have supported us in the past, thank you for your past and continued support on this journey. We could not have come this far without all of you! For those of you contributing today, thank you for supporting independent film and ensuring that Ghazwan's story and the sacrifices he has made continue to make change for years to come.

Erin Palmquist and the From Baghdad to The Bay Team

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much
— Helen Keller
We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.
— S. Kelley Harrell


We are thrilled to share with you that Ghazwan is the new Executive Chef at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco! You can taste his latest creations 7 days a week, 365 days a year at either The Academy Cafe or The Terrace Restaurant!

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Were you inspired by the film? We would love to hear from you and share your feedback with others. You can respond directly to this email thread. Your thoughts can help us get the word out!

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Thanks to CFI's Community Cinema Program, over 300 people joined us on a Monday at noon for our SOLD OUT screening! A standing ovation for Ghazwan and one of our best Q&As yet.

Huge thank you to those who continued to come up to us in the streets (and while we ate lunch nearby after!) to share how much the film meant to you!

Stay tuned, more screenings to be announced in our January newsletter.
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Interested in hosting a screening in your city?
Please reach out. We would love to help make this happen.

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