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For Syrian Refugees, He Is a Friendly Face in a Strange New Land

According to the United Nations, more than 11 million Syrians have been displaced due to Syria’s civil war. Seeking safety, these refugees are resettling in numerous countries around the world. In this short film from Go Project Films, we hear the story of one such refugee. After fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime, Mohammed Alsaleh was granted asylum in Canada in 2014. Today, Alsaleh aids newly arrived Syrian families as they adjust to life in Canada—while hoping and waiting for his own family to join him.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.