About this submission

As a Syrian national who has had to navigate the murky waters of the U.S. immigration system, I wanted to tell a story that captured the complex relationships hopeful immigrants often form with their American sponsors. More specifically, the intention was to craft a realistic portrait of the ambiguous, hard-to-define gray area many green-card marriages occupy — somewhere between a loving partnership and a transactional agreement.

Ward Kamel
Ward is a Syrian-born, NYC-based filmmaker with a multidisciplinary approach to filmmaking. A graduate of NYU Tisch and the commencement speaker for his class, his latest short film, If I Die in America, premiered at SXSW. His previous short won him a Best Director award at NFFTY. The latest short he produced, Aziz, was a semifinalist in the Student Academy Awards®. His cinematography work has played at Aspen, MoMA, OutFest and the Arab Film Festival. His latest feature script was a second-rounder at the Austin Film Festival, as well as being accepted into the Stowe Story Lab.

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