In 2011 the number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world reached 15 million -- that is 15 million stories of upheaval, dislocation, want, and misery.
Filmmaker Lynn Raineault has documented the stories of four of the luckier ones - those who found a way out of danger and despair and who have demonstrated incredible courage in rebuilding their lives. Far From Home is her account of the making of the fourth story in her series - that of the Tayem family's journey from Iraq to Vancouver in Canada.
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About Al Jazeera - Witness
Rageh Omaar and Ghida Fakhry present Witness, a half-hour documentary series which features short, specially commissioned or acquired films gathered from independent filmmakers.
Each documentary reveals the unknown lives of ordinary people, following their lives, telling their stories and portraying the challenges that confront them. Our witnesses are people in a situation or those who have observed them first hand.
The films cover conflict, belief, the past, and the future and, as well as bringing new stories to light, they showcase the talents of a new breed of multi-skilled, frontline journalist.