Apaci: A Refugee Story is about Basir Khamooshi, his wife, Noura, and their young daughter, Nila, who have been stuck in Turkey as religious refugees, and cannot come to US to join the rest of their family due to the recently imposed Muslim ban, even though they are Baha’i and they left Iran as a consequence of religious persecution by Iranian government. Basir used to be a professional classical cello performer in Iran, but now he works in a wood factory in wood cutting. This documentary is produced to share their story as an example and change the idea of refugees being a treat. We expect to open a new conversation about immigration, refugees, and refugee rights.
There are 2 options for screening Apaci: A Refugee Story.
a)Screening the film with recorded music
b)Screening the film with live performance.
The music is written for solo string quartet, and Basir, the main character, recorded all cello parts in Turkey at another refugee’s home studio. For the live performance, there would be 2 violin players, a viola player, and an empty chair and music stand for cello. The music is written in a way that live performers can play the piece with recorded cello part.
Basir Khamooshi Nila Khamooshi Noora Momtazi