Traces of Home

About Traces of Home

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.

The Director

Colette Ghunim | The Director

As a documentary filmmaker and nonprofit co-founder, Colette Ghunim’s passion lies at the cross section of social impact and visual storytelling. Her first documentary, The People’s Girls, received over 2 million views and Best Short Documentary at the Arab Film Festival for its bold spotlight on street harassment in Egypt.

As part of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program and the 2020 BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship, she is directing Traces of Home, her first feature-length film documenting her journey back to Mexico and Palestine to locate her parents’ original homes, which they were forced to leave decades ago. Colette’s work has been highlighted on international outlets such as Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Univision, and TEDx. She is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective, a nonprofit organization that lifts up over 500 women and non-binary filmmakers of color in Chicago.

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