The film has not been titled, but will look at the obstacles that families fleeing politically unstable or war-torn countries such as Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Burma face when they relocate to new countries. Shiva plans to focus on a number of refugees as they adjust to life in Baltimore.
Shiva and Blum previously worked on the documentary “How to Dance in Ohio” — a look at autistic teenagers getting ready for a spring formal. It was released on HBO last fall and won a Peabody Award.
Shiva’s work includes “Bombay Eunuch,” which follows a family of eunuchs fighting to survive in India, and “Stagedoor,” the story of teenagers’ experiences at a musical theater summer camp in the Catskills.
Blum’s production company, Blumhouse, is best known for its work on horror films such as “The Purge” and “Insidious,” but it has had success in the documentary space. Its previous documentaries include the Emmy Award and Peabody-winning “The Jinx” and “Alive and Kicking,” which premiered at SXSW and was recently acquired by Magnolia.
Princess Firyal of Jordan — a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and a longtime member of the International Rescue Committee’s Board of Trustees and the United Nations Association’s Board of Directors — will serve as an executive producer.