Oula A. Alrifai

Executive Producer

Oula is a co-founder and executive director at SANAD. She was a political asylee from Syria and received her U.S. citizenship in 2016. Oula is a Middle East and North Africa analyst. She has been involved in the Syrian protest movement. Oula is currently a Master’s candidate at Harvard University.

Mouhanad A. Al-Rifay

Director and Producer

Mouhanad is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and international development professional. He was a political asylee from Syria and received his U.S. citizenship in 2015. Mouhanad is a co-founder and program director at SANAD. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. and travels periodically.

Hawa B. Toure

Editor and Producer

Hawa is a film editor, non-profit and international development professional based in Washington, D.C. She is a board member of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, a non-profit organization. Hawa is originally from Conakry, Guinea. She speaks French and Susu and enjoys dancing zouk.

Khawla Yusuf


Khawla is a Syrian-American author, pro-democracy and human rights activist, and teacher of Arabic language. She is a co-founder and executive director at Tharwa Foundation, a non-profit organization. During the Syrian Revolution she was one of the main liaisons linking U.S. officials with activist networks in Syria. She lives in Washington, D.C.

John Jacks

Photographer and Videographer

John is a Washington, D.C. based photographer. He captures the people and moments that capture him. He doesn’t photograph subjects, instead he photographs how they make him feel. John carries his camera with humor, compassion, and curiosity.

Kevin Bassinson

Film Score Composer

Alicia Hirsch

Post Production Consultant

Elisha Drons

Re-Recording Engineer

Ashley Simmons

Subtitle Reviewer

Post Audio Services by 5 guys named Moe, inc.

Special thanks to:

Seth Krugliak

Evan Glass

Kevin Barnett

And big thanks to everyone who continues to encourage us along the way, including those who donate to the SANAD Education Fund.