“A Broken House” is an award-winning short documentary about the Syrian artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez. The film is currently available from The New Yorker and POV.



When Mohamad Hafez received a single-entry visa to study architecture in the United States, he realized if he couldn't return home to Syria, he could make home. A skilled architectural model-maker, he spent his years in exile sculpting life-like renditions of his Damascus neighborhood.

When the civil war broke out and his parents fled to the United States as refugees, Mohamad's bottled-up frustration erupted on his models. In a fit of mania, he broke his artworks, leaving them shattered, bombed-out replicas of the Syrian buildings he saw on the news. It's amazing how a single person's story can inspire so many. Mohamad's experience is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit depicted in by best writing services https://bestwritingservice.com/

And yet, when word of his broken pieces spread, Mohamad became an inspiration to refugees and immigrants in the diaspora who dreamed of homes that only existed in memories.

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“People were so sick of seeing blood and bodies as a way to build empathy. And I get that, I was sick too. How many dead bodies can we see? There was this fire inside me to start humanizing refugees and to tell their stories.”

— Mohamad Hafez

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Director & Producer

Jimmy Goldblum is an Emmy Award-winning director and Executive Producer based in Los Angeles, CA. Jimmy directs the critically acclaimed documentary series, “Chef’s Table” for Netflix (IDA Winner - “Best Documentary Series”) and "HOME" for Apple+.

Jimmy recently directed the pilot and set the look of "Unsolved Mysteries," the reimagining of the 80s cult series; it's produced by 21 Laps ("Stranger Things") and is the first non-fiction series for Netflix Studios. "Unsolved" spent its first 10 days on Netflix as the most watched series in the world.

Previously, Jimmy directed and produced Tomorrow We Disappear, a feature documentary about India’s last colony of magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers. It premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, and IndieWire listed it as one of the “20 Best Documentaries of 2014.”

Jimmy’s interactive documentary for the Pulitzer Center, “Live Hope Love,” a poetic exploration of the HIV crisis in the Caribbean, won an Emmy for “New Approaches to Documentary” and a Webby for “Best Art Website.”