The film traces Brolin’s story across continents, from his humble beginnings in Kampala, Uganda, to his athletic and medical pursuits in the United States.
IN SEPTEMBER 2012, Brolin and two friends came together to document his journey to become a doctor and the first Olympic Snowboarder to represent an African nation.
Two years and 400 hours of footage later, Far From Home was born.
“This Olympic dream might sound far-fetched, but Mawejje clearly eats
far-fetched for breakfast.”
COLIN WHYTE, ESPN
Born in the Makindye District of Kampala, Uganda, Brolin held little hope for his future. He watched as his family struggled to secure their educations, jobs, and a chance for a better life. At two years old, his mother left the family indefinitely. Brolin was shaken to the core when she reappeared at age 11, arranging his emigration to the USA to join her in Boston’s suburbia.
Arriving on a freezing New England night, Brolin was stricken by fear of the unknown. As the only African in his school, he was ostracized and bullied by his American counterparts. But the course of his life would change forever when he joined an after school ski & snowboard program
Brolin discovered a new world. A world where color and background did not matter. A world where the present moment was all that existed. Combined with a drive to excel in his studies, Brolin found a family on the slopes that helped him to trust the world for the first time.
Far From Home is a story of community empowerment, a shining example of human potential. The release of the film opens the floodgates to a new breed of story, which uniquely prove that no matter the skin color, no matter the background, we are capable of achieving our greatest aspirations.
To make this vision a reality, we must make our voices heard and give Brolin the momentum he needs to make the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea.
Join us to inspire. Join us to reflect a positive light. Let’s make history and and film the future through a new lens.
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