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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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San Francisco Screening

Kat Cole

From Baghdad to The Bay returns to The Bay! We're excited to be bringing the film home to San Francisco for a FREE community screening next Thursday May 23rd. Details below.

A special thank you to Francisco Buchting and the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center for this opportunity.

Your feedback matters! If you were able to join us at a screening over the past 18 months and were inspired by Ghazwan's story, we would love to hear from you. As we work hard to make this film more accessible to people, your opinions can help ensure this film reaches the largest possible audience. Sharing your thoughts about the film on our IMDB page is a wonderful way to share with Ghazwan what his story means to you and to encourage others to see the film as well.We would be grateful if you would consider taking just a few minutes to write a short review. Further instructions below.

Erin Palmquist and the From Baghdad to The Bay Team



Thursday, 5/23 at 5:30pm | Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library
With Ghazwan Alsharif & Director Erin Palmquist.

Co-sponsored by the Buchting Family Fund and the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center.

Interested in hosting a screening in your city?
Please reach out. We would love to help make this happen.


If you have a moment, we would love to hear your thoughts about the film.
Please consider creating a review on our IMDB page

How? Under the "User Reviews" section, select "Review this Title"




Thanks to the incredibly organized and passionate team at AIFF, we had a fantastic time! We were especially impressed with the audience engagement at each of our 5 sold-out screenings. Huge thank you to everyone!

One of our most treasured moments was being interviewed by Teen Press. We were not expecting that Ghazwan's story would resonate so deeply with middle schoolers. We are saddened by the struggles that many of our young people are facing but also deeply inspired and encouraged by their strength and level of awareness. These young people are changing the world of tomorrow in profound ways through their strength, determination and great courage. It is an honor to have been able to support them on their journey by sharing Ghazwan's story with them.

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Associate Producer Kat Cole and I are working hard to prep the film for DVD production and to launch a summer campaign to bring the film to universities and colleges. We are finalizing all the assets for the DVD and educational streaming, which includes things like Closed Captioning and even Spanish subtitles! Thanks to Patricia Quezada and her students at UNIACC University, Santiago, Chile who are generously providing the Spanish subtitling pro-bono! We are deeply grateful for their dedication to making this film more broadly accessible.

After we launch our educational campaign this summer, we will then work to find the best digital distribution platform in order to release the film to the general public. We are more eager than ever before to reach this milestone. We have some mountains to climb yet, but we are well on our way!

Meanwhile, we are continuing to screen in film festivals and hope to squeeze in some time to coordinate more community screenings as well.

Thank you for continuing on this journey with us!