From Baghdad to the Bay

From Baghdad to The Bay

Join us for Rough Cuts in November:

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

7:00 – Reception (Complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided)
7:30 p.m. – Screening
Free admission!


2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Sponsored by KQED's "Truly CA"

To attend, please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, November 2nd to

From Baghdad to The Bay
Directed by Erin Palmquist

Could you live happily in a country that brutally tortured and imprisoned you? What if that country was the United States?

Erin Palmquist's "From Baghdad to The Bay" follows Iraqi immigrant Ghazwan Alsharif as he attempts to reconcile his horrific experience in an American-run detention facility with his new life in San Francisco as a rising chef and a gay man just out of the closet. With the precision of a journalist and a novelist's love of a gripping plot, Palmquist charts Ghazwan Alsharif's struggle to rebuild his life while navigating the memories of his past and the reality that he probably can't go home again.

Moderator: Elizabeth Sher

Elizabeth Sher
Elizabeth Sher has been an active Bay Area filmmaker and visual artist for more than 3 decades. Her films include "Bella, Bella" and "Younger, Thinner, Smoother." "Penny," her most recent film, won First Place Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival and will screen nationally on American Public Television in 2017.

Sponsored by:

Doc Fest

Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories is KQED's showcase of the best independently produced documentaries about the Golden State.

Broadcast year-round on KQED's television channels, Truly CA brings audiences original and entertaining stories from Mount Shasta to the Mojave Desert, from San Francisco to San Diego.

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