ABOUT THE FILM
Every summer since 1914, Camp Pathfinder, a summer camp located on a small island in the wilderness of Canada’s Algonquin Park, invites a community of boys and young men from all across Canada and the United States to spend a few weeks in the backcountry learning how to camp, hike, canoe and fish. Two years ago Camp Director Mike Sladden, heartbroken by the tragic images from the growing global refugee crisis but inspired by Canada’s growing intake of asylum seekers, had an idea. What if he could find a way to bring a group of displaced boys from war-torn Syria and Iraq, who recently settled in Canada, to spend the summer at Pathfinder? If the camp experience could have such a profound effect on generations of boys already, imagine what it would be like for these refugee boys.
Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, in collaboration with NowThis, NEW HOMELAND offers a unique and intimate perspective into the experience of building a new home after fleeing the traumas of war.
Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winning and eight-time Emmy nominated filmmaker. A director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and commercial spots, she most recently completed the documentary, New Homeland, documenting a group of refugee children from Syria and Iraq who experience a summer camp in the Canadian wilderness. Recently, Kopple directed and produced A Murder In Mansfield. The film examines the after effects of a murder trial in the 1990’s where a son testified against his father for the murder of his mother, and premiered at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival. Kopple produced and directed This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which chronicles the life and family of Internet sensation Gigi Gorgeous, and had its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Miss Sharon Jones!, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was the opening night film at DOC NYC. It follows the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings during the most challenging year of her life and received a 2017 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Other recent projects include: Shelter, about homeless vets; Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation, examines America's oldest continuously published weekly magazine; Running from Crazy, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and received a 2014 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special; Fight To Live, exposes the roadblocks imposed by the current FDA approvals process; A Force of Nature, celebrates the life and work of journalist and philanthropist Ellen Ratner; Gun Fight, explores the place of guns in US culture; The House of Steinbrenner, part of ESPN’s Emmy nominated “30 for 30” series, received a 2010 Peabody Award as well as the International Documentary Association Award for Best Continuing Series; The Emmy-nominated, Woodstock: Now and Then, looks back at the legacy of the historic music festival, 40 years later. Well known for her work on US labor issues, Barbara directed Steamfitters Local Union 638 in 2007 for HBO’s acclaimed Addiction Series. The New York Times likened this short documentary to “crisp tonic with lime.” This program was awarded the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Governor’s Award.
Directed By BARBARA KOPPLE
Produced By BARBARA KOPPLE, p.g.a. DAVID CASSIDY, p.g.a. ERIC FORMAN, p.g.a.
Edited By ROB KUHNS
Cinematography By ASAD FARUQI GARY GRIFFIN
Music By DAVID AMRAM
Co-Editor AMINA MEGALLI
Sound By DANIEL BROOKS, MICHAEL JONES
Associate Producers CHRISTY LAMBERJACK, MICHELLE PURPURA
Line Producer MAUREEN DOUGHERTY
Post Production Supervisor & Assistant Editor MICHELLE PURPURA, MICHAEL KOSCIESZA
Drone Cinematographer DR. JOHN HERMAN
Time-lapse Photography GILL STANLEY
Additional GoPro OREN KARP
Production Assistants DAVID HENRY, KIANA MACCLELLAN, KATY RAND
Translators ZIAD ABDEL-AAL, BASSAM ABU RAYESH, NADA HARIDY, ALI JUHDI, AMINA MEGALLI, FARIDA ZAHRAN
Legal STEVEN SCHECHTER
Interns HANNES HOSP, RUBY ZATZ
Canoe Guide JENNY COUTRO
Post Production Services EAST COAST DIGITAL
Online Editor DAVID GAUFF
Colorist BILL STOKES
Audio Post Production Facility SANDBLAST
Re-Recoding Mixer MATT GUNDY
Sound Editor DEBORAH WALLACH
Recording Studio JOHN KILGORE SOUND AND RECORDING
Musicians DAVID AMRAM, GENE BERTONCINI, BARBARA OLDHAM, PAUL WON JIN CHO, MATTHEW SULLIVAN, GILBERT DEJEAN,
KEVIN TWIGG, VICTOR JURUSZ, DAVID WECHSLER
David Amram Represented By YEAGER PRODUCTIONS, INC.
All Music Published By C.F. PETERS CORPORATION, BMI
Additional Music By OOVRA MUSIC
Archival Sources ASSOCIATED PRESS, ARTURAS GOLOBURDO, CARSTEN STORMER, FRAMEPOOL, SALAM MOUSA HAMAD, ICEDALION/POND5, SCREENOCEAN/REUTERS, SMALLCREATIVE/POND5, FRASERHOWARD/POND5
Insurance REIFF & ASSOCIATES, LLC.
Special Thanks To THE FAMILIES OF PATHFINDER CAMPERS, MIKE SLADDEN, ESTHER CASSIDY, GLENN ARTHURS, CYNTHIA KANE, TINA, ASEFFA, MORGAN PILGRIM, NATALIE BARNETT, MATT HEBITON
Executive Producers TINA EXARHOS, ATHAN STEPHANOPOULOS
Producers SARAH FRANK, JESSICA BOROVAY