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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.

Screenings

Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Community Cinema screening

Presented by CFI Education

ABOUT CFI EDUCATION
CFI Education offers free annual screenings for school groups and their families, as well as several cinema-centric programs for Bay Area children, teens & adults that include hands-on filmmaking workshops and seminars that introduce students to the power of film as a communication tool with the ability to build bridges of understanding within communities and throughout the world.

The popular Community Cinema documentary film series brings people of all ages together for screenings and community-driven conversations. We invite local residents, school groups and organizations to learn about and discuss important issues and newsworthy topics. Meet new people, share stories, and join the conversation.

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Ojai Film Festival Screening #2

Please join us for one of our two screenings at the Ojai Film Festival!

The Ojai Film Festival provides audiences a diverse lineup of titles from around the world. Past entries have represented over 43 countries. Ojai’s growing importance on the festival circuit is reflected in the fact that legendary Hollywood producer Peter Guber told the audience at a recent Toronto International Film Festival that “Ojai is the next Telluride.”

Now in its 18th year, the festival continues its commitment to enriching the human spirit by seeking out important films that in some way uplift people, help audiences feel good about being members of the human race or encourage them to live meaningful lives inspired by the examples of others.

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Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Ojai Film Festival Screening #1

Please join us for one of our two screenings at the Ojai Film Festival!

Director, Erin Palmquist will be in attendance for this screening.

The Ojai Film Festival provides audiences a diverse lineup of titles from around the world. Past entries have represented over 43 countries. Ojai’s growing importance on the festival circuit is reflected in the fact that legendary Hollywood producer Peter Guber told the audience at a recent Toronto International Film Festival that “Ojai is the next Telluride.”

Now in its 18th year, the festival continues its commitment to enriching the human spirit by seeking out important films that in some way uplift people, help audiences feel good about being members of the human race or encourage them to live meaningful lives inspired by the examples of others.

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Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Arab Film Festival Screening #2 - Oakland

 
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The much anticipate and long-awaited day has finally arrived! We are deeply honored to share that From Baghdad To The Bay will have its San Francisco and Oakland Premieres with the Arab Film Festival! Co-presented by Human Rights Watch San Francisco and the International Rescue Committee in Northern California, these two very special screenings are not to be missed. And... stay tuned for after-party details coming soon!

The Arab Film Festival is the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Festival of Arab Films!

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Oct
17
6:15 PM18:15

Arab Film Festival Screening #1 - San Francisco

Co-presented by Human Rights Watch

 
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The much anticipate and long-awaited day has finally arrived! We are deeply honored to share that From Baghdad To The Bay will have its San Francisco and Oakland Premieres with the Arab Film Festival! Co-presented by Human Rights Watch San Francisco and the International Rescue Committee in Northern California, these two very special screenings are not to be missed. And... stay tuned for after-party details coming soon!

The Arab Film Festival is the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Festival of Arab Films!

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Oct
14
2:15 PM14:15

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL - Screening #2, Mill Valley

 
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From Baghdad To The Bay is thrilled to be an official selection at the Mill Valley Film Festival

We are honored to have been selected, along with six other powerful films, for Mill Valley's Active Cinema Initiative. Join us and our incredible community partners, Human Rights Watch San Francisco and The LGBT Asylum Project - Center for Immigrant Protection, who will be co-presenting and sharing the extremely important work they are doing.

ABOUT THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
The Mill Valley Film Festival is an eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world.

The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, along side high-profile and prestigious award contenders.

Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries. Screening sections include World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Festival guests also enjoy Tributes, Spotlights and Galas throughout.

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Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL - Screening #1, San Rafael

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From Baghdad To The Bay is thrilled to be an official selection at the Mill Valley Film Festival

We are honored to have been selected, along with six other powerful films, for Mill Valley's Active Cinema Initiative. Join us and our incredible community partners, Human Rights Watch San Francisco and The LGBT Asylum Project - Center for Immigrant Protection, who will be co-presenting and sharing the extremely important work they are doing.

ABOUT THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
The Mill Valley Film Festival is an eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world.

The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, along side high-profile and prestigious award contenders.

Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries. Screening sections include World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Festival guests also enjoy Tributes, Spotlights and Galas throughout.

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Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

GI Film Festival (Award Nominee)

San Diego here we come! From Baghdad to The Bay to screen at the GI Film Festival San Diego! Join us for an evening of inspiring film and conversation. Director Erin Palmquist and Ghazwan Alsharif will be in attendance with a special guest! 

We are excited to share that From Baghdad to The Bay is an official AWARD NOMINEE for the BEST FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILMMAKER AWARD at the GI Film Festival, San Diego!

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Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

United Nations Association Film Festival Press Conference

We are honored to have been selected to kick off the United Nations Association Film Festival's 21st year!

Director, Erin Palmquist and Executive Producer, Frances Reid will be in attendance. 

UNAFF 2018 will screen 60 documentaries for eleven days October 18-28 spotlighting current events from across the globe including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, North Korea, Palestine, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Spain, Syria, UK, Uruguay and the US. The theme for this year's festival is 'Tomorrow?'

SPEAKER:
Jasmina Bojic
Founder and Executive Director, United Nations Association Film Festival

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