In September 2015 the BBC recorded an interview with Hamsa, a Syrian mother and refugee, as she neared the end of a desperate four-year journey from Homs, Syria to Germany. Her determination and spirit caught the attention of thousands of people around the world, including ours – two English filmmakers based in New York. Pauline Spearpoint contacted Hamsa and she granted our team permission to tell her story.
In January 2016 we traveled to the small village of Schnega, Germany to gain a ﬁrst-person perspective that would go beyond what we had seen in the media. Hamsa and her family welcomed us into their home, and their openness led to an honest and intimate ﬁlm depicting one refugee family’s experience integrating into a country so different from their own.
The result is Hamsa: A Documentary and Educational Platform, which uses human storytelling to engage audiences and motivate action towards resettling those suffering from the Syrian Refugee Crisis. During the short film (20 minutes) the audience will get to know Hamsa and her family as they go to school, meet their neighbours, try German food, learn a new language, sing, dance, cry and laugh. Our mission is to reframe mainstream discourse and opinion around the resettlement of refugees and offer those who watch effective ways to take action via our website www.hamsathedocumentary.com.
Please get in touch if you'd like to join the movement.
Caroline + Miriam