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a documentary short

written and directed by brian culkin

Voices is a documentary short, written and directed by Brian Culkin, that explores the gap between trauma and healing; the spoken and the unspeakable; and the refugee and the citizen.


In June 2011, the Sabri family - a Shia family living within chaotic and violent post-Hussein Baghdad - was unwillingly thrust into a collective traumatic encounter: their home was targeted and bombed by Sunni militants. 


Forced into exile, the young family was relocated to a Turkish refugee camp where they spent a year waiting for asylum status. Eventually, they were relocated to Kentucky with the assistance of the Survivor's of Torture Recovery Center, a sub-institution of the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. 




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