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"So You Think You Can Dance with a backdrop of semi-automatic rifles."
The Montreal Gazette

"A moving portrait of the power of art and cross-cultural exchange."
-The Monterey County Herald

CAMP UNITY is a controversial, award-winning documentary about Iraqi students uniting through hip hop, jazz, orchestra, and Broadway at an American arts academy in Iraqi Kurdistan. Arabs and Kurds, Christians and Muslims, Americans and Iraqis from distinct cultures combine forces to put on Gala shows in local communities. Taking the viewer on an entertaining journey as cultures collide, egos clash, and dreams come true, the film presents a "warts and all" vision of this life-changing event. Shot on location in Iraq, CAMP UNITY offers a unique opportunity to look beyond the violent and sensational images of Iraq, commonly used by international medias, to see beauty emerge from chaos.

CAMP UNITY is a U.S.-Iraqi Kurdistan co-production, shot in High Definition (HD) video in English, Arabic, and Kurdish with English subtitles and runs 83 minutes.

Director/cinematographer/editorsoldier & boy
Ryan White

Ryan White & John Ferguson

Paul Lee

Executive Producers
Joanne Storkan, Madeline DiMaggio &
Brendan Maze

Assistant Director & Production Manager
Yohan Othman Hama

Music by
Fu'ad Mawlanaee, Erjeng Seyfizade & Matthias Naderi

CAMP UNITY is an Official Selection of the 2013 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. The film screens at 6pm Friday, April 12 at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center in Buffalo, New York.

BNFF laurels

On Oct. 14, 2012, CAMP UNITY was honored with the Bassel Shahade Peace & Social Justice Award from the Syracuse International Film Festival... Bassel Shahade was a film student at Syracuse University who was killed in the fighting in Homs, Syria in May 2012. He had left his Fulbright scholarship at SU to train Syrian journalists to document what is taking place in their country. The 2012 Syracuse Int'l Film Festival was dedicated to him and CAMP UNITY was the first film to ever receive this award.

In April, 2012, CAMP UNITY had its South Carolina Premiere at the Greenville International Film Festival.
GVIFF laurels

CAMP UNITY had its Wisconsin Premiere at the 2011 Weyauwega International Film Festival.

EIFF Laurels

CAMP UNITY had its Oregon Premiere as an Official Selection of the 2011 Eugene International Film Festival.
BCIFF laurels
CAMP UNITY was an Official Selection of the 2011 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival.

Film Fest Twain Harte laurels

CAMP UNITY screened on September 11, 2011 at the Film Fest Twain Harte.

SLOIFF laurel

On Saturday, March 12, CAMP UNITY won Best Documentary Feature in the
the 17th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival's Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase


WINNER - Bassel Shahade Peace & Social Justice Award, Syracuse Int'l Film Festival (2012)
WINNER - CCFS Best Documentary Feature, San Luis Obispo Int'l Film Festival (2011)

- Silver Award for Documentary, Philadelphia International Film Festival (2010)
- Award Of Excellence for Documentary Feature, The Indie Fest (2010)
Official Selection
- Montreal World Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection
- Anchorage International Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection
- Oaxaca International Independent Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection - Carmel Art & Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection - Gig Harbor Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection - DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection - Film Fest Twain Harte (2011)
Official Selection - Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival (2011)
Official Selection - Eugene International Film Festival (2011)
Official Selection - Weyauwega International Film Festival (2011)
Official Selection - Greenville International Film Festival (2012)

Official Selection - Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (2013)


poster art by Laura Zuspan

(Original CAMP UNITY poster by artist Laura Zuspan)



(Official CAMP UNITY one-sheet)