The America We Deserve

Ilhan Omar is a Muslim Somali-American running for congress in Minnesota's fifth congressional district which covers Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. Ilhan is a progressive whose journey started in a refugee camp in Kenya after the Somali civil war. Her family immigrated to the United States and she eventually became an activist and organizer.

The Ilhan Omar for Congress team asked me to direct, shoot, edit, and co-write a campaign film that captured Ilhan's story as told by her daughter, Isra.

Director — Sam Fathallah
Voiceover — Isra Hirsi
Writers — Ilhan Omar, Akhilesh Menawat, and Sam Fathallah
Producer — Joelle Stangler
Executive Producer — Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Music — AJ Hochhalter

With gratitude to Angela Vang, Viswa Challa, and Wintana Melekin