HAMSA : A Syrian Refugee Family now in Rural Germany. (trailer)

4

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

hello@hamsathedocumentary.com

www.hamsathedocumentary.com

www.hamsathedocumentary.com
Trending Videos
Communication Skills
Articles by Tim Hjersted, Co-Founder of Films For Action
The New Story Revolution
Subscribe for $5/Month to Gain Access to These Great Films

Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

One of the coolest things is, thanks to our patrons, our library is ad-free and 100% supported by member donations. We don't accept any government or corporate funding, and the dozens of emails we get every week asking us to put ads or sponsored posts on the site just go in the trash bin. The Pay-Per-View films on our site, of course, help support the filmmakers, and 90-100% of the revenue for PPV films hosted by us goes to the filmmakers. 

To thank our $5/mo patron subscribers, we partner with filmmakers to provide access to a growing number of films that are normally PPV. With just 26 highly-curated films at the moment, it's basically a mini "Netflix for world changers," but its main function is to support the library as a whole, which is 99% free and always will be.

Want to become a patron? Subscribe here. You can cancel or pause your subscription at any time.

If you'd like to know more, want to help out, or you're a filmmaker or distributor looking to collaborate, drop us a line via our contact page. 

Cheers,  
Tim Hjersted
Co-Founder & Director
Lawrence, KS