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This Taxi Driver Has an Amazing Life Story You’ll Want to Hear | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

Meet Estaifan Shilaita—Chicago cab driver, loving father, and former boxing champion. From 1968 to 1976, Shilaita was the national boxing champion of Iraq before being forced to flee his home country because of his Christian faith. Although he left his boxing dreams behind, Shilaita eventually found greater happiness than he could have ever imagined.
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In this heartwarming film by Brett Garamella and Patrick McGowan, hear Chicago taxi driver Estaifan Shilaita’s incredible tale of family, faith, and fulfillment.

Brett Garamella: https://brettgaramella.com/
Patrick McGowan: http://www.patrickmcgowan.com/

This Taxi Driver Has an Amazing Life Story You’ll Want to Hear | Short Film Showcase

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  • gunasti music official on July 15, 2021

    Top.. 👍👍👍

  • Stephen Kavanagh on July 27, 2021

    Iraq is not the first Christian nation at all it is Armenia I believe . Of course his name being Babylon was a big clue . Babylon is or was in Iraq

  • randy starns on August 9, 2021

    this dude just shi on all the liberal pieces of shi in this country. liberalism is cancer

  • ꧁ Orlando Cruz ꧂ on August 18, 2021

    Such a beautiful story

  • Google Tower on August 19, 2021

    God bless

  • THE MATRIX DECODED on August 20, 2021

    By the time you read this I will be

  • Audrey Moore on August 26, 2021


  • Thomas T on September 3, 2021

    Beautiful love, beautiful people x

  • Pee Jay on September 4, 2021

    Beautiful Documentary. What a champ!

  • FootLongSub Zero on October 13, 2021

    When they kissed each other at the door 😢👍

  • vapete 123 on October 26, 2021

    What an endearing story of suffering, love and survival ..

  • Sarah שרה לאה Britz on November 9, 2021

    Pure salt. 🤗

  • T. Diddle on November 11, 2021

    Yeah…great story, great vid. Great characters.

  • Quark Sense on December 4, 2021

    Why did the Iraqi's bomb their church

  • Marion on December 30, 2021

    I, too, am an immigrant. Love this country. Let's continue to keep it great and free, it's the best country on earth.

  • Santosh George on January 8, 2022

    A very inspiring and touching story indeed. Sad, because he never got to see his family again but his ability to keep his head up and remain cheerful in spite of all the hardships and loss and to have still been able to bring up a nice family who loves him so dearly, is definitely admirable. I could especially relate to what he was saying, because I drove a cab in Chicago for several years too and it was the most experiential job I ever did. Who knows I may have crossed paths and may have even met Estaifan then. In fact what I do as a cross cultural communication and accent trainer and voice artist now, has a lot of bearing on the experiences I had doing that job, not to mention my ability to be able to deal with people, which I was very poor at before that. I have neither a rags to riches story to tell nor one of a life that has come full circle yet, buy I wouldn't trade the experiences of driving a cab in Chicago for anything. Thank you Estaifan and Nat Geo for sharing such a beautiful story.

  • G G on January 12, 2022

    Great American stories, we need more people like this in America 🇺🇸

  • The Ridiculously Optimistic Guy on January 15, 2022

    God bless this family. A father and his family to look up to. Wow.

  • Von on January 21, 2022

    @ 0:55 What's that song? It's so familiar 🤔🔨

  • daniel tiago hallacy on January 21, 2022

    beautiful, utterly beautiful

  • R Jones on January 24, 2022

    15:00 erm you wouldn’t just not have your dad you wouldn’t exist lol

  • Black Flag Builder on January 28, 2022

    2 minutes in – my guess = Armenian

  • olga vuziy on January 31, 2022

    Love this story! I am also a first generation immigrant in this country. Every immigrant has its own story……..You are an inspiration for your kids, they are loving ,tenderhearted,wonderful kids! God BLEES you.!

  • Lost Again on February 2, 2022

    What a champion. I was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a Marine. I always felt bad and regret for the suffering endured by the Iraqi people. It's so awesome to see people from Iraq thriving and happy because of the US as opposed to suffering because of us. God bless him and his family.

  • Vitaliy Shultz on February 18, 2022

    You're close but too far😂😂😂😂😂

  • Saga Kassa on February 18, 2022

    What an amazing person and father!

  • I'm_smert on February 25, 2022


  • Beant Sidhu on February 28, 2022

    Beautiful ❤️

  • Manolis Z on March 3, 2022

    Such a lovely person and awsome story❤be blessed!

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