The Challenge

Recreate the journey from Iraq to the U.S. through the eyes of Ahmed— an Iraqi refugee born during the invasion.

With growing debate around immigration from Muslim countries, the International Rescue Committee faces the growing need to convince the public that refugees accepted in this country have been through hell and are beyond grateful for the chance to rebuild their lives. 

Still Life Projects was commissioned to create a four-minute film that would focus on one family from the Middle East and make an emotional connection with viewers.   





The Solution

Use archival news clips, readings from Ahmed’s journal and sketches to recreate his journey to America.

With a tight budget and a quick turnaround time, we used what was available: Ahmed’s journals, his artistic ability and archival news clips. A one day shoot with his family in their new home provided a backdrop for the story. 

The video premiered at the International Rescue Committee’s annual fundraiser and was launched online as part of a larger campaign.