About "Tikkun Olam"
“Tikkun Olam” now available on Amazon Prime.
Tikkun Olam won the Impact Grand Prize Award at the 2022 Impact Short Film Festival in Seattle. The award is given to the #1 voted film with the most impact on raising awareness for homelessness in 2022.
“Tikkun Olam” was awarded by the California State Assembly as “a groundbreaking film”. And awarded by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department for “service to members of the community”.
"Tikkun Olam" has also won 8 Best Short Film Awards in 2021. The film won back-to-back Best Short Film Awards at two of Italy’s premier film festivals: the 22nd ShorTS International Film Festival in Trieste; and the 24th Marano Ragazzi Spot Festival in Naples. The film also won back-to-back awards at the American Presidents Film and Literary Festival, the DC South Asian Film Festival, and the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati. The film was selected for the Sedona International Film Festival, considered by multiple entertainment outlets as a “Top 10 festival in the world”, and also for the 35th Washington, D.C. International Film Festival. And was one of four films selected for the 2021 Annual Seema Summit along with two Academy Award® nominated/winning films.
"Tikkun Olam" was described as "excellent and exceptional" by the National Coalition for the Homeless. The film was reviewed as a "rare, polished gem" in Views&News, and as "an urgently needed story of hope" in The Daily Times.
The story is about a good-hearted boy who brings hope and dignity to a homeless veteran. The film was inspired by the director's own experiences while living in the nation’s capital, which has the highest homelessness rate in America, compared to states. The concept of Tikkun Olam was introduced to Bob Ahmed through a family friend, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Tikkun Olam wins "Best Short Film" at The 22nd ShortS International Film Festival in Trieste, Italy.
Read the front page article in the New York Film Academy blog about the film: "NYFA alum tackles homelessness with humanity".
Watch the director's interview at the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival on why he chose the title, "Tikkun Olam".
Watch the director’s interview at the 2021 Annual Seema Summit Film Festival on the origin of the film, "Tikkun Olam".
Watch the director's interview at the Sedona International Film Festival about "Tikkun Olam".
About Bob Ahmed – Writer/Director of “Tikkun Olam”
Ahmed is a Washington, D.C. based filmmaker. He wrote and directed the feature film “Amka and The Three Golden Rules”, about a young boy in extreme poverty who is inspired by his uncle. The movie is available on Amazon Prime. The film was classified by Emirates Airlines as “one of the great movies from around the world” in their onboard playlist, and reviewed in major press as "Chilling" (Village Voice), “Stunning” (Plain Dealer), and "Memorable" (WCBE). The film also picked up awards at film festivals across the globe, including "The Special Jury Award For Bridging Cultures" at the Arizona International Film Festival. One of his feature length screenplays, "Lost in DC", was a finalist in the screenwriting competition at the 52nd Nashville Film Festival.