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68 mins Family 2011 US United States of America
Documentaries  /  Dramas

95%

Tagline

In this poignant ode to the immigrant working class and the intrinsic bond shared between community and national identity, Yousef Elhaj expresses the lengths one must go for love and for family.

Synopsis

Ten years ago during the second Intifada, Yousef Elhaj left his wife and three small children in Bethlehem to start a new life for them in San Francisco. For a decade he has worked day and night to build his business, save for their future, and remain connected from afar, while waiting to become a legal US citizen. Finally, he is permitted to return to his fractured homeland to reunite with his wife and his now grown children. But a lot has changed and Yousef must confront these new realities and decide with his family if a life in America is still what’s best for all of them. In three acts, Yousef’s story reminds all of us that, when it comes to family, there is nothing that can’t be endured.

Festivals

Starz Denver Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
San Francisco Indiefest -- Audience Award Best Documentary Feature (Won)
St. Louis International Film Festival

REVIEWS

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Molly Last
9 months ago

Lovely story from an immigrant 's point of view. How many times have a driven past one of the Mom and Pop corner groceries and not considered the sacrifices they must go through to experience the American dream. Wonderful well told documentary!

Diego
1 year ago

Very touching and interesting. It tells a real immigration story, its complexities and realities in the Palestine-Israeli context. Nicely filmed. Loved it.

Margaret B
1 year, 7 months ago

Touching. Palestinian Christians -- I learned a lot about their plight in Bethlehem, with the Israeli occupation, which I hadn't realized extended outside of Jerusalem. Yousef is such a dedicated, loving husband and father and hard working man, he makes a beautiful subject for a film. Although sad and poignant at times, it left me feeling hopeful.