“They promised us we could go back. Now, we are not even allowed to enter the country.”
We completed the first half of production in Palestine in March 2019, spending one month finding my father’s home. Approximately 50% of our footage is already captured; the Traces of Home Kickstarter will help us complete production in Mexico to find my mother’s home in January 2020, as well as assist with the transition into post-production.
Inspired to answer questions about her origins, biracial filmmaker Colette Ghunim embarks on a journey with her parents, Hosni and Iza, back to Palestine and Mexico to locate the homes they were forced to abandon. Traces of Home is a feature-length documentary that explores what it means to be both an immigrant and an American.
As her parents’ flames of displacement continue to burn decades later, Colette Ghunim examines the effect of never wanting to leave one’s home country in the first place.