Corner Store: An Immigrant Tries to Bring His Family 'Home' to S.F. But Finds It's Not Easy

A decade ago, Yousef Elhaj left his home and family in the West Bank and came to San Francisco. He diligently and solitarily worked his tail off, paving the way — or so he hoped — for his family to join him. He succeeded, up to a point; he turned the Church Street Market into a thriving neighborhood outpost. In the Palestinian territories, however, his children were growing up without their father and forging their own paths. Corner Store, local filmmaker Katherine Bruens' poignant and surprising documentary that screens for three days starting Sunday at the Red Vic, follows Elhaj back to Bethlehem for a fraught reunion with his wife and family.

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