They Are Us

16 mins


During their seven years of marriage, Sunny and Arooj have spent just six months together. That’s because when the couple fled death threats in their native Pakistan, Sunny ended up in Sri Lanka while Arooj made it to Spokane, Washington. Now they wait in international legal limbo while the Trump administration continues to slash the numbers of refugees the U.S. allows in each year. What many fail to realize is that Sunny and Arooj are just the latest in a long tradition of refugees fleeing danger and hardship to start over in the U.S. — from pilgrims fleeing religious persecution to the Irish running from famine and Jews escaping Nazi Europe. They are us.

World Premiere

Production Team

Jordan Halland

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival.