“Refuge” is a science fiction short film with political undertones set in the aftermath of an Iranian cyberattack on the U.S.. In response to the attack, the U.S. begins summarily deporting Iranian immigrants, including our protagonist, a young Iranian woman named Sonia. Sonia’s only hope of remaining in the U.S. is to participate in a biotech experiment conducted by the military, but what might be the personal cost of such experiments? “Refuge” is a thought-provoking morality tale about the consequences of mixing corporate interests with politics.Iranian-American director Mo Gorjestani was recently chosen as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. You can read more about the director and his film in a profile at MetroActive.com. “REFUGE,” which debuted at the prestigious Tribeca Film festival, has been featured at over forty film festivals, including the SXSW.
“Set in 2020, a brewing cyberwar between the US and Iran puts Sonia, a young Iranian refugee, at risk of deportation. Her only escape may come at a greater price than she’s willing to pay.”