I AM YOU, a new film about Escaping the Taliban’s Tyranny

Taliban's Tyranny

Based on a true story, this film takes three afghan refugees across four countries to escape the Taliban’s Torture leaving behind everything they know and love.

STARRING: Damla Sönmez (Aisha)

NEW YORK — I AM YOU (2021)– An independent feature film based on the true story of three Afghan refugees, their will to survive, and the dramatic conditions they endure on their journeys to the unknown. Directed and Produced by Sonia Nassery Cole, we follow Massoud, a young man, who embarks on a perilous journey from Afghanistan through IranTurkeyGreece and Germany, along with a pregnant doctor and an old wise man. Click here to watch the film on Amazon now.

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I AM YOU is a film about refugees and their struggles. A Film by Sonia Nassery Cole

Escaping Taliban’s Tyranny

After witnessing the loss of his father at the hands of the Taliban and ISIS, Massoud vows to honor his late father’s wish and embarks on a tortuous journey. Massoud’s desire is to deliver his mother and sister to safety, from the otherwise certainty of death by the hands of extremists.

I AM YOU is an evocative depiction of the resilience of refugees and those forced to flee their countries and escape violence, hardships, and war.


Sonia Nassery Cole | Director, Producer

Click here to learn more about Sonia

Sonia returned to the director’s chair to shoot “I AM YOU” after her previous feature film “Black Tulip” garnered numerous international accolades as well as dramatic headlines when militants located and tortured her leading actress and (should we change this to tortured so it is not as graphic? severed her feet) for being involved in an anti-Taliban narrative.

(But Ms. Cole, an Afghan refugee herself, returned to her homeland despite the life-threatening risks involved in filming in her war-torn country.)

Sonia is also a published author, humanitarian and human activist who founded Afghanistan World Foundation in 2002 after testifying in front of Congress with the support of President Ronald Regan. The AWF board of directors consists of honorary members such as Dr. Henry Kissinger, Senator Diane Feinstein and over twenty A-list celebrities.

She is the recipient of several awards, including  “Freedom to Write” Award from PEN Center USA, “Congressional Recognition” award, and the “UN Women Together Award”.

Sonia has been featured in several publications including The New York TimesMarie Claire, NBC, and ABC News. “Her life reads like a film plot: a diplomat’s daughter turned war refugee turned filmmaker sets out to save her country and give a voice to the refugees,” noted Marie Claire magazine in a 2020 interview.

Halima Aden – Executive Producer

UNICEF Ambassador, refugee, and international model, Halima Aden, is one of the film’s executive producers. Aden was drawn to the story as she was born in the Kakuma UNHCR refugee camp in Kenya before being resettled in America as a child. “The film is an opportunity to show that refugees are humans,” said Aden.


SOURCE Breadwinner Films

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