Directed by

Reilly Dowd

Country of Origin

United States





In Daraa, Syria, 25-year-old Hanadi dreams of answers. The questions: Where is my husband? How can I get my daughters to safety? Is there someplace to call home?As so many dreams turn to nightmares around her, Hanadi refuses to accept the cards she’s been dealt. Relying on her own wit and bravery, she navigates a harrowing four-year, international, wartime journey alongside her three young daughters. From refugee in Jordan to asylum-seeker in Germany, Hanadi cares far less for the labels she’s given than she does for peace

Director Biography – Reilly Dowd

Reilly is the director and producer of the upcoming feature documentary film, DREAMS OF DARAA. The film is a co-production with ITVS, the leading provider of independently produced programs for PBS. It is executive produced by Academy Award nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

In bringing this project to life, Reilly was a fellow in the Studios Program of the Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington, D.C. and the Fledgling Engagement Lab, a highly selective program which supports projects that are focused on issues affecting vulnerable populations that are poised for action. During the one-year lab, she worked alongside a handful of other social issue documentary film teams to design a social impact campaign focused on Syrian women and girls.

Reilly is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she focused her studies on investigative journalism and international politics. She has worked at SnagFilms (indieWIRE), CNN, ABC News, Al Jazeera America, The Fiscal Times as well as for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama White House Office of Presidential Correspondence.

In 2020, Reilly received an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School. She was recently named one of Poets&Quants’ Best & Brightest MBAs of 2020.

Reilly was 1 of 24 selected for the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. During her first year, she was awarded the Peter Stark Filmmaker Award for her role as director of a short film, THE LAST RIDE. In May 2021, Reilly received her MFA degree in