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Refugee Rights Day: Focus on Syria

    Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 16:15

    Refugee Rights Day: Focus on Syria

    Celebrate Refugee Rights Day by joining us for an afternoon of films with a focus on Syria; featuring "Not Who We Are" and "Salam Neighbor" followed by a panel discussion. Visit refugee services information tables. Free admission, everyone welcome. Brought to you by Amnesty International and the Vancouver Public Library.

    Not Who We Are – by Carol Mansour (2013)

    Filmed at a time when more than 45 million people are displaced by war and conflict around the world, this documentary sheds light on the plight of refugee women from Syria. Seeking refuge in Lebanon, these women have fled violent civil conflict in their home country. The effects of war have been deeply traumatic, for not only were they forced to leave their homes, loved ones, and social networks behind, they also have to face ongoing discrimination, disempowerment, and violence.

    Through the stories of five courageous characters (Afra'a, Umm Omar, Umm Raed, Samar, and Siham), we are led through the "refugee experience" and its gendered impacts on the lives of women. They open up and share their experiences of displacement and loss, but in the process, we also discover their strengths and resilience in the face of daily struggles to survive in a harsh and unfriendly environment.

    During the filming of this documentary, the filmmakers were able to gain the trust of these women, enabling them to share reminiscences from their life in Syria including hardship. They spoke candidly about issues of intimacy, and disclosed both their fears and their hopes for the future.


    Salam Neighbor – by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple (2015)

    Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse yourself into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as they become the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp.

    Seven miles from war, 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. The two filmmakers fully embed themselves in the camp, and provide an intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis.

    By meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, and the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying against all odds to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.


    Free admission, everyone welcome!
    Vancouver Public Library
    350 West Georgia
    V6B 6B1 Vancouver