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WE BECAME FRAGMENTS

A short documentary about a Syrian teenager coming of age in Winnipeg, Canada. 

 by Luisa Conlon, Hanna Miller, and Lacy Jane Roberts

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ABOUT THE FILM

 

WE BECAME FRAGMENTS is a short documentary about Syrian teenager Ibraheem Sarhan as he comes of age in Winnipeg, Canada. 

After losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Ibraheem and his father make a new life despite the heartbreak of leaving their home behind. 

The film follows Ibraheem through his first week of high school in Winnipeg. It's a story about loss, resilience, and one young man’s identity as he adapts to a new country while his home is at war.

Ibraheem is one of 2.5 million displaced Syrian children coming of age in countries far from their home. We hope his story will elevate their narratives and inspire change. 

 

HOW TO SUPPORT

 

We're raising post-production production funding through Kickstarter, and need to meet our 15K goal by December 6th. 

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TEAM

Luisa Conlon (Co-Director) is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. She recently completed her master's in journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, NPR, StoryCorps, the San Francisco Chronicle.

Her short documentary Leaving Iraq for a Life in America (co-directed with Hanna Miller and Lacy Jane Roberts) was featured in THE ATLANTIC SELECTS, a curated series for The Atlantic Magazine. Luisa’s work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Filmmaker Fund and Canon. She is a recipient of the Jerry Jensen Overall Graduate Scholarship Award from the NATAS NorCal Branch, the 2016 Robert Whittington Award for Exceptional Reporting from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Lacy Jane Roberts (Co-Director) got her first taste of storytelling back in 2009 when she started a short-lived podcast called the Ladies Village Improvement Society. She spends most of her time as an audio producer, and she's currently developing new podcasts for Al Jazeera’s new audio network. She has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and her work has been seen and heard on PBS Newshour, The Atlantic, Here and Now, and NPR affiliates around the country. You can also catch her teaching podcasting classes, stewing things, and wandering the landscapes of her home state Montana.

Hanna Miller (Co-Director) is a journalist and documentary filmmaker from Mississippi. Her interests are rural America, the immigrant experience, and what it means to have a home. After a Fulbright year in Russia, Hanna had a stint in TV Production at Mississippi Public Broadcasting that led her to earn a master's degree at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her pieces can be seen in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and The Independent U.K. Currently, Hanna is working on two short documentaries: one about a Syrian refugee boy in Canada, and another about an anti-immigration, pro-Trump Latina business owner in Magnolia, Mississippi.

Iva Radivojevic (Editor) is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus before settling in NYC. Her films explore the theme of belonging and displacement (experimenting with the refusal of the indexical, or the attachment to representation). Iva’s films have screened at numerous film festivals including the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, Human Rights Watch, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and were broadcast on PBS, Documentary Channel as well as the New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2012 Princess Grace Special Project Award, 2011 Princess Grace Film Fellowship and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Her debut feature length documentary “Evaporating Borders” has received numerous awards worldwide, was nominated for an International Documentary Association (IDA) Award, a Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award and received One World Media Award for Refugee Reporting. Her short film Notes From The Borderwas commissioned for the launch of Field of Vision, a new documentary unit founded by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook.

Sawsan Morrar (Associate Producer) is a multimedia journalist at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of UC Davis, where she received a BA in International Relations and minors in Communication and Middle East South Asia Studies. She was an associate producer at Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate news station. Sawsan currently freelances for various publications in California and reports on issues ranging from the Bay Area's gentrification to legislative hearings at the state capitol. Sawsan is a White House Correspondents’ Association Scholar, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, and an Ambassador Christopher Stevens Scholar.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities.

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