Chris Carpenter

As a film student, my goal is to preserve what it was like to be a part of something. The term I always reference is "zeitgeist," the spirit of the times, and it has driven me through the various film projects I've both led and been a part of.

This is why the story of Muhammad Hasan, the subject of my documentary "Destination: SLC," is so important to me: his is a story that is specific to our zeitgeist. As a refugee from Kenya, he is faced with assimilation and family division. As a student, he is faced with language barriers and learning curves. And as a human being, he is faced with what we all must face: the desire to be able to call someplace home.