A documentary film about tsunami relief in Sri Lanka.

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  • Story

    Six months after a tsunami hit South Asia on December 26, 2004, Muslim-American and Sri Lankan born Dr. M. Rahmi Mowjood led a team of American doctors and medical students on a tsunami relief trip to Sri Lanka. While mentoring medical students and aiding injured villagers, Dr. Mowjood also finds a way to ask someone to become a member of his own family.

    Shot on location in the southern villages of Sri Lanka, the film features original music by Don Bodin, won the 2007 Top Applause Award at the International Family Film Festival, and features doctors, students, and Sri Lanka philanthropist Kushil Gunasekera.

    Run time: 74 minutes

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  • Cast & Crew


    Dr. M. Rahmi Mowjood

    Dr. Kyle Smart

    Dr. Jesse F. Martinez

    Rehana Mowjood

    Chandra Patel

    David Cao

    Heather Kranitz

    Clarissa Lew

    Siraj Mowjood

    Matthew Ott

    Anita Singh

    Nicholas Kreider

    Kushil Gunasekera

    Bob Connolly

    Sharaf Mowjood

    Nuzhath Hafsa



    Carl Strecker


    Produced by:

    Carl Strecker, M. Rahmi Mowjood


    Written, Directed, and Edited by:

    Carl Strecker


    Original Music Composer:

    Don Bodin


    Post-Production Sound Mixer:

    Mark Petersen


    Camera Provided by
    Elliott Visuals

    Westlake Village, CA

    Post-Production Sound Services by
    Laser Sound Services
    Laser Pacific Media Corporation
    A Kodak Company
    Hollywood, CA

    Filmed on location in Sri Lanka and the United States of America

    Special Thanks to:

    Western University of Health Sciences
    The Foundation of Goodness
    The Rainbow Clinic
    The Mowjood Family

    Elliott Visuals
    Laser Sound Services
    Filmlook, Inc.
    Cinevolve Studios
    Don Bodin
    William H. Libaw
    Marsha Karioth
    Marsha "Aunt Moufie" Gaffery
    Louise and Jack Strecker

    Help Sri Lanka Rebuild:

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  • Film Festival Screenings

    Carl Strecker, Top Applause Award Winner, International Family Film Festival

    Winner: Top Applause Award

    International Family Film Festival

    Raleigh Studios

    Hollywood, CA

    Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival, Fine Arts Theater

    Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival

    Fine Arts Theater
    8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    South Asian International Family Film Festival, New York City

    South Asian International Film Festival

    62nd & Broadway Cinema
    1871 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

  • Statement from the Director

    I hope this film communicates the emotional impact that a relief trip like this has on its participants, and I hope viewers walk away seeing how we can all do our part to make the world a better place – that it's not scary to take action but wonderful and rewarding. Many of the students have plans to do more relief work in the future and are motivated because they’ve learned that it's not just about being proud of one past moment, it's about continuing to give, learn, grow, connect, inspire, and strive for present and future moments.

    We are, after all, members of the same important global family.

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