“Far From Home: Uganda to the Tetons” is a documentary film that follows 22-year-old Brolin Mawejje’s inspiring journey from his home country to the USA, in order to get himself prepped to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, as a snowboarded, while chasing his dream of becoming a medical doctor.
“Far From Home is a character-driven story that shows the impact a positive community can have on the life of another,” said Philip Hessler, Producer of Far From Home. “Our goal with the film was simple: inspire. No matter where you come from or what you’ve been through, there is always a chance to live out your dreams. Brolin’s story is proof of this.”
Filmed over 2 years, the film traces Brolin’s life back in Kampala, Uganda as a child, to his move to the USA at age 11, to be with his mother, the transition that follows, when he discovers a passion for the sport of snowboarding. Woven into the film’s fabric is Brolin’s struggle to find direction and adoption in his new country, and snowboarding is his outlet.
A talented snowboarder and student, Brolin is hoping to become the first Ugandan to compete in snowboard slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics, all while studying as a pre-med student at Westminster College in Utah.
His perseverance inspired the making of “Far From Home,” and the filmmakers hope that his story captivates audiences.
“To me, this film is all about overcoming adversity, persevering through tough times, finding community, and never backing down from chasing your dreams,” said Brolin. “No matter how dire a situation might be and how alone one may feel there is always a way out. I hope the film can inspire others in difficult situations and help them through similar hardships – that’s what ultimately made me want to share my story.”
“Far From Home” is directed by Galen Knowles, and produced by Phillip Hessler and Adam Schellenberg.
For more about Far From Home and upcoming film tour locations and dates, visit: farfromhomemovie.com.