Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

New Homeland

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English and Arabic
Run Time: 93 minutes

New Homeland
New Homeland
New Homeland
New Homeland

The immigration debate in America has become a political game. Thankfully, there’s Canada, our friendly neighbors to the North, who welcomed 27,000 refugees (just 6,000 fewer than America) in 2017 alone, despite having a tenth of the U.S. population. Many of the refugees came from Syria and Iraq, and their journeys to safety were physically and mentally taxing. To tell the story of their experience, Academy Award®-winning director Barbara Kopple uses a unique and creative setting: summer camp. Located on a small island in the Canadian wilderness, Camp Pathfinder has given boys from Canada and the U.S. a place to belong for over a century. A few years ago, its director—saddened and disturbed by what he was seeing in the news—decided to give refugees the opportunity to attend the camp. Kopple’s film chronicles their stay, beautifully capturing the bonds of new friendship. But not all the boys are able to escape the mindset of war. The unfathomable horrors they’ve witnessed have stripped them of their innocence. Through the eyes of these youngsters, NEW HOMELAND documents the highs and lows of starting over. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF43 Screenings

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4:50 PM

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 9:10 AM

Monday, April 01, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Family Films
Race Relations
Strangers in a Strange Land
Voices of the Arab World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple was born in New York City. She studied psychology at Northeastern University. As a director and producer, Kopple’s list of film projects and awards is expansive, and includes “Harlan County U.S.A.” and “American Dream,” both of which are winners of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. In 1991 “Harlan County U.S.A.” was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress and designated an American Film Classic.

Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), American Dream (1990) – CIFF15, Wild Man Blues (1997), Woodstock '94 (1998), My Generation (2000), Confident for Life: Kids & Body Image (2002), Bearing Witness (2005), Havoc (2005), Shut Up & Sing (2006), A Force of Nature (2011) – CIFF36, Running from Crazy (2013) – CIFF37, We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss (2014), Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation (2015), Miss Sharon Jones! (2015), This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017), A Murder In Mansfield (2017) – CIFF42, NEW HOMELAND (2018)

Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy, Eric Forman

Gary Griffin, Asad Faruqi

Rob Kuhns

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