Transcript: More Than A Refugee | Sep 09, 2017

(music plays)

A caption reads "Ottawa, Canada."

A bearded man in his forties enters a wrestling court.

Subtitles read "A lot of people see wrestling as a fight. I like to think of wrestling as the sport of manners. Wrestling is similar to life: you can win at it with a little effort. But you have to put a goal for yourself, and reach that goal."

The man starts training in the court.

A black slate appears with the caption "Mohammed Al-Krad: More than a refugee."

[whistle blows, crowd cheers]

A wrestling match rolls.

Subtitles read "I was the 12-time national champion in my homeland, Syria. I also won a gold medal at the Arab Championship. I was the coach of the Syrian national team when the war came to my hometown. The hardest decision of my life was to leave my country, Syria, to flee to Jordan. When I got the news I was able to come to Canada, I was beyond happy. The first thing I thought was my son’s future and my family’s."

Clips show Mohammed kissing his son.

IN a classroom, the teacher says THIS IS WHAT
YOU DO RIGHT NOW,
BUT IT'S PRETTY
SIMPLE, OKAY?
AND WHAT'S THE
ANSWER, MOHAMMED?

Mohammed says I WAS.
I WAS A
WRESTLING COACH.
[chuckling]

The teacher says YES, I WAS A
WRESTLING COACH.

Subtitles read "I’m learning the language, so one day I can become a contributing person to the Canadian community. After we moved in to our new home, my sponsors told me I could coach wrestling again. That brought me to a new level of happiness, because it was going to be like back home in Syria. Wrestling is more than a sport. It brings the whole world together. Even though there’s a language barrier, you’re able to make friends with the coaches and other wrestlers."

Images of Mohhammed with his family is trainees appear.

Subtitles read "Here in Canada, I’m not just going to be a refugee."

(music plays)

A caption reads "On February 23, 2017, Mohammed and his family welcomed the birth of Tajaldeen Al-Krad. He is the first Canadian member of the Al-Krad family."

A clip shows Mohammed kissing his baby.

The end credits roll.

Director, D.P and editor, Lewis Gordon.

Producer, Austin Stanton.

Watch: More Than A Refugee