We Came Home
(81 min) Afghanistan/USA
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Saturday 10/19, 8:30 PM (Session 9)

Director: Ariana Delawari
Producers: Emily Lynch, Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Ariana Delawari


We Came Home tells the story of Afghanistan through Afghan American artist, Ariana Delawari. Born into a suburban Los Angeles home, the same year the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Ariana's life unfolds parallel to the ever-changing events of her father's homeland. Her parents name her after the ancient name of Afghanistan. Her home is filled with refugee relatives, parties with live Afghan music and her father's fierce dedication to his homeland. While her father, Noor, plans anti-Soviet peace protests and lobbies the United States Congress, Ariana and her sisters dance to Madonna and play with their cousins. The Delawari household is a place of both celebration and activism, with Noor's family attempting to recreate the Kabul they knew and left behind, before the tanks and the land mines.


Ariana Delawari is a musician, filmmaker, photographer, actor and writer. She graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her album Lion of Panjshir was recorded in both Kabul and Los Angeles and was partially produced and mixed by filmmaker David Lynch who released the album on his record label and it has received great reviews in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR Weekend Edition, LA Weekly, The Independent, and Marie Claire Italia. Delawari has won awards for her photography of Afghanistan in both the International Photography Awards and the Korean Times New York. In addition to We Came Home, Delawari has directed a video for her own song "Be Gone Taliban". Delawari is also an active humanitarian. She recently traveled to Uganda with The Voice Project to assist in documenting and recording the stories and songs of Refugee women calling home their abducted youth. She also teaches poetry and music workshops at Children of the Night, a Los Angeles based shelter for teens who are victims of prostitution.

Contact Information:

e: ems1111@aol.com
w: wecamehome.com/home/

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