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


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



Trending Videos
TraumaZone (2022)
350 min - An epic documentary by British director Adam Curtis illustrating in seven parts state and decline of the Soviet Union and the development in Russia 1985–1999 using material from the BBC archives.
Why It's So Hard To Imagine Life After Capitalism
19 min - There's a common expression, "it's easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism." When the current economic model is seen more as an immutable force of nature than a system...
Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980) (trailer)
5 min - Astronomer Carl Sagan's landmark 13-part science series takes you on an awe-inspiring cosmic journey to the edge of the Universe and back aboard the spaceship of the imagination. The series was...
Reading Library
Emotional Literacy

Films For Action hosts a subscription service that currently offers 56 highly-curated, solutions-oriented films to Patron subscribers donating $5 per month. 

Subscribe here. Your support helps grow our 5000+ video library, which is 99% free and contains no ads thanks to our patrons.


How to Use and Contribute to this Library

  • Use the Explore menu to filter content by type and topic. Selections stack, so you can view Film Types about Specific Topics.

  • Submit videos directly to our library! Just sign up and click +Add Video at the top of the site and paste the video URL to get started. 

  • Create an account to save videos and articles for later and rate content for others

  • Filmmakers: Interested in our TVOD or SVOD services? Films For Action is one of the best homes for paradigm-shifting documentaries.

  • Contact us if you have a site or film suggestion, question, want to volunteer, or you're a filmmaker looking to collaborate. 

    Let's be the media!