I met Ali while pursuing my education at Penn State University. He works at a Turkish food joint called Penn Kebab. Struggling with English when he first arrived in the United States, this was the only restaurant that agreed to take him on.
This is where he wants to build a new life for himself, pursuing his dream of making films in Hollywood. However, the journey may not be easy. Ali struggles with English and an education at Penn State is extremely expensive. Being an international student myself, I recognize how difficult it is for me and my family to comfortably pay my fees for attending the university.
But the faith and confidence Ali has in himself reassures me that he will get there someday, and very soon. He tells me ‘Akash, if I am doing this same job next year, you can say I’m not a man’.
As Ali pursues his dream, I intend to document his journey from where he is now to what becomes of him in the future.