Jehan S. Harney
Laura Poitras, Executive
Jehan S. Harney
In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Winner!!! Docs In Progress Decade of Docs: Window to the World Award!
Ten years after the US-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States, yet their personal stories have been under reported in mainstream news. Director Jehan Harney follows Nazar and Salam who fled Iraq to avoid threats by Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that see them as “traitors” for supporting US forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Once in the U.S., however, they find themselves without any resources or support, wondering in the end if their sacrifice was all worth it. Through their home videos, personal diaries, and media clips the film intimately captures their emotional, psychological, and physical struggles as they reconcile their hopes for a liberated Iraq with the harsh reality of refugees without a stable home. The Lost Dream is produced by ITVS and executive produced by Oscar-nominated documentarian (My Country, My Country) Laura Poitras.
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About the Filmmaker
Jehan S. Harney made several documentaries on human rights, women’s issues, religion, and culture. Her film The Colors of Veil won Link TV/ One Nation Many Voices award for best documentary on American-Muslim women. Soul Mechanic made the Washington Post metro cover page. Radio Prague profiled Jehan as “one of the most interesting figures in Czech life today” for her original documentary Sterile Dreams, on the illegal sterilization of minority Roma women in the Czech Republic. Harney also worked in TV and multimedia news production at ABC and NBC affiliates, and on NBC’s weekend Congressional news program, Power Breakfast. Her media work earned the Writers Guild of America-East’s John Merriman Award and the Christopher’s Making a Difference Award. She has an MA in International Journalism & Public Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. Jehan was a journalist in Egypt, and was born and raised in Kuwait.