A documentary short film featuring a Knoxville business owner and his story of coming to the United States as a Syrian refugee is a finalist at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.
The documentary "For Every Kind of Dream: Yassin Falafel" features Yassin Terou, and his business Yassin's Falafel House. It was produced by Square Inc. as a way to tell the unique story of one of their customers.
Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who is also the CEO of Twitter, hosted a premiere of the documentary at Yassin's Falafel House in downtown Knoxville in January.
"For Every Kind of Dream" is a finalist for the Tribeca X Award, which recognizes "the best in storytelling at the intersection of advertising and entertainment from the past year. The award highlights excellence in creative, original and authentic storytelling that is sponsored or underwritten by a brand."
The 10 finalists for the award were announced Monday.
Terou told WBIR 10News he hopes the film gives refugees a positive image of Knoxville and the United States as a whole.
"The new immigrants here, the new refugees, I hope they see this, and they touch the love of Knoxville and have a good experience about Knoxville and Tennessee," he said.
This year's Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 19 through April 30 in New York City.
The 10 finalists for the Tribeca X Award were selected from a field of 600 entries, according to the festival. The winner will be announced Monday, April 24.
This is the description of "For Every Kind of Dream: Yassin Falafel" from the festival:
"Yassin Terou fled Syria with a suitcase and a few hundred dollars. He knew no one in Knoxville, Tennessee, and he spoke no English, but he went there to rebuild his life and pursue his dream of perfect falafel anyway. Every business starts with a dream, and Square exists to serve them—every kind of dream. "Yassin Falafel" is Square's first short film chronicling their remarkable sellers and their tireless pursuit of their dreams."
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