Inspired by current events around the world, this film is about two Syrian brothers who struggle with life as refugees in a hypothetical America where radical Islamic terrorism has become commonplace. It chronicles their journeys as they each cope with drastic changes in their environment. As Muslims are being further vilified in the media and mistreated in public, each brother redefines his own religious identity.
This movie shows the struggles of two Syrian refugees living in a hypothetical America divided by
terrorism. In doing so, it centers around the timely topic of modern day immigration, and by revolving around Muslim immigrants from the Middle East, it is also oriented towards the topic of religion. I chose to focus on these ideas to impart a critical message to the audience, particularly in today’s world. The message is simple, but I think rarely appreciated. It is to remember that there are multiple sides to any one story, and that rarely are they black or white, “good” or “bad”. As you will see in the film, the effects of forgetting this, as in the case of some Americans’ perception of Muslims immigrants and vice versa, can lead to terrible consequences. In “Submit,” my aim is to strike the audience with this message with the same force it has stricken me in my life.
Shooting Format: Arri Alexa HD
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Dances With Films, 2018
USA Film Festival
Gold Remi Winner for Cinematography—51st Annual WorldFest Houston 2018
Wali Habib as Mehdi
Alain Washnevsky as Nabil
Frederick Lawrence as David Riley
Marisa Persson as Lisa
Alexia Pearl as Diya
Leroy Edwards III as Dante