Saudi Children Left Behind
Saudi Arabia - 2022
Like many young Saudi men, Jared's father came to America to study in the 1970s. At university, he met Jared's mum and they had a relationship but when she became pregnant, he disappeared back home. Throughout his childhood and into adulthood, Jared was obsessed with finding his Saudi father. Now that Saudi Arabia has begun to open up to the world, Jared wants to try again. Saudi men abroad continue to father and abandon children. In Guatemala, we meet Sami Alrajhi Chang, who visits the mosque every week to learn Arabic in the hope he may one day meet his Saudi family. Sami and those like him, all seeking answers, have sought the help of a blog called 'Saudi Children Left Behind', a platform encouraging the children and ex-partners of Saudi men to publish their stories of abandonment in the hope they'll make contact.