Hiraeth is about a war refugee from Iraq after it’s invasion by America on March 20, 2003. As we all are aware, the refugees have loads of emotional takes to share and it’s heartwrenching to hear them. Most of them have such horrid memories that they do not even want to live.
Hiraeth has been written very sensitively and is in the form of a conversation that revolves around a refugee of war from Iraq. The conversation is emotional, real and very conversational, which I feel should be the beauty of this short film.
Although the film itself is not political, it does touch on one of the most contested political subjects: immigration. Humanitarian implications of immigration policy can often be overlooked. Instead of taking sides on the debate, Hiraeth focuses on humanity by telling the story of one refugee. The telling of this one refugee’s immigration story gives a voice to the millions of other refugees who face the unknown and are struggling to find a new home in a new country.
Hiraeth, true to its definition, is about more than mere homesickness; it’s about a deep connection one feels to their homeland and a longing to return to a place which is impossible to return to.
The film’s cast headlines Emmy-nominated journalist and former VICE correspondent, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, and Teeshay Shah, an Indian actor, host and now filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin plays Hasan, a man affected by war, while Teeshay plays Ali, a student from India who forms an unlikely friendship with Hasan in the most unlikely situation.
Teeshay Shah has written and directed Hiraeth and the initial response of all the feedback screenings have been very positive and I am sure there will be no looking back for this one.
I too have seen the trailer of the same and I must say that I cannot wait to see the complete film. Also, the fact that Teeshay has managed to up put this together all by himself needs to be applauded.
Hiraeth which is set to premiere in Chicago on October 06, 2018.