Over the course of the film Walaa shines as an eloquent and brave young woman, determined to fight for her ideals. It is incredible to watch her grow and evolve, which the film conveys beautifully in contemplative close-ups ....it is refreshing to see a film that portrays such a proud, resilient, young Palestinian woman. You will remember Walaa. - Amy Siegel, POV
Aatif Baskanderi grew up in a place where not many people looked like him or believed in the same things that he did. As a Muslim child of Pakistani immigrants, Newfoundland became home. His experiences growing up on “the rock” was like something out of a storybook. On this cold, isolated island in the Atlantic ocean, Aatif learned sincerity and appreciation for others that would set him up for remarkable success in life.
I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts chronicles the journey of fourteen Rohingya youth who take to the stage in order to depict their families' harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond; before, during, and immediately after the escalation of military violence in their native Rakhine state; their unforgiving escape by foot and by boat to makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh; and their eventual resettlement in the unfamiliar Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.