Traces of Home fundraising dinner

Traces of Home fundraising dinner

One in Seven Illinois Residents Has an Immigration Story, Director to Hold Fundraiser to Assure It’s Told

Chicago filmmaker to hold fundraiser in support of new film that seeks to provide a unique perspective on the plight of the Immigrant community.


Colette Ghunim, Chicago based director of the award-winning documentary The People’s Girls, which investigated the issue of sexual harassment in Egypt, will host a fundraiser in support of her latest directorial effort.

The film, Traces of Home, explores the lives of Ghunim’s parents, Hosni and Iza, the former forced to flee with his parents from political strife from his native Palestine. Meanwhile, mother Iza fled an abusive father in Mexico with her mother. The film sees the couple return to their childhood homes in Mexico and Palestine and examine what it means to the couple to be both immigrant and American.

With the ongoing national discussion involving the plight of immigrants and their contribution to American culture, Traces of Home offers viewers a rare glimpse into the world of a family whose lives were forever altered by their decision to come to America.

“My goal is to provide a positive narrative for the Chicago Latino and Arab communities,” said Ghunim. “While exploring how Chicago has been a hub for both immigrant groups for decades.”

The fundraising event will become immerse attendees in the lands of both Mexico and Palestine. The event will feature fusion cuisine, traditional performances, a silent auction and a special premier screening of the trailer for Traces of Home.

All proceeds will go toward production costs in Palestine and Mexico.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Camera Ambassador, located at 2425 W. 14th St., Chicago, IL, 60608.

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