What do snowboarding, medical school, and Uganda have in common? The answer is Brolin Mawejje. A mere 21 years old, Brolin has endured more hardship than most individuals will in a lifetime.
Beginning his life in Kampala, Uganda, Brolin lived with a single father and seven siblings. He was forced to learn very early on how to take care of himself, as his culture and family provided very few opportunities for him.
Brolin's childhood in Uganda shaped him as an individual, as he developed a general distrust and a fear of authority figures resulting from a number of traumatic incidences. Opportunity and good luck, however, have subtle ways of entering our lives. In 2004, Brolin learned that his mother, who was absent the first 11 years of his life, was living in America and had finally found the means to help her long-lost son move to the United States.
At the tender age of eleven, Brolin's transition into American society was frightening, to say the least. Facing bullying, isolation and depression, Brolin saw little hope for the future. Perhaps through divine intervention, he found sanctuary in the most unlikely of places; the snowboarding community on the icy slopes of Massachusetts.
Through snowboarding, Brolin found an outlet for his anger. He developed a second family on the mountains, a family who constantly pushed him to overcome his fears. He had finally found the guidance and opportunity he was searching for.
As his snowboarding career developed, so did his passion for the medical field, specifically orthopedic surgery. Perhaps motivated by the violence he experienced in Uganda, Brolin is now dedicating himself to a career in surgery.
Brolin's strong will and good nature in the face of adversity fueled his ascent into the snowboard and medical world, and continue to serve as an inspiration to his family and friends. His determination has inspired a team to come together to tell his story.
Far From Home is an independent documentary that will retrace the journey of Brolin Mawejje, from his childhood in Uganda, to his struggles in America, while documenting his road to the Olympics and medical school. Brolin's story holds the power to change lives as it is an embodiment of what so many of us strive to find, our true potential.