“They promised us we could go back. Now, we are not even allowed to enter the country.”

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.


Sponsored by Kartemquin Films, Traces of Home is currently in pre-production and raising funds to film in both Mexico and Palestine by the end of 2019. All contributions will go towards hiring the film crew, as well as travel and accommodations.