From Chicago, This is Damascus

Wafa Zarzour and her son Khaled fled Syria in the summer of 2012 for Chicago, where Wafa's daughter Hadia lives. They have since found themselves effectively stranded and unable to return. Now refugees far away from home, we take a small peak into their attempts to retain a facade of normalcy and routine. Wafa finds some solace in learning English and making friends, but Khaled finds it hard to cope, dealing with strong feelings of shame and regret.

The title of the short echoes the famous "From Damascus...this is Cairo!" tagline, frequently used by Syrian broadcast agencies reporting on events occurring in Egypt during the 1956 Arab-Israeli war. Egyptian broadcasting had been more or less silenced by French and British fighter jets, and so this line came to symbolize solidarity and strength across borders.