Focus In! Film Series presents “Salam Neighbor”
Shirlington | Robeson Room | April 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community is a Busboys and Poets-produced monthly film series that screens films with a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, art, music, and/or community value.

Please join us for a community screening of the award-winning documentary Salam Neighbor about the plight of Syrians living in the Za’atari refugee camp. We will watch the film as an entre to a broader discussion about war and the global refugee crisis led by a panel of experts.

About the film:

Two Americans deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to 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. See the trailor at youtube.com/watch?v=W6SxPSZVD9o About the speakers:

Representatives from Amnesty International and the Brennan Center for Justice will offer some brief remarks in response to the film and the issues it explores. Q&A to follow. Check this space again soon for additional speaker details.

Panelists:

Faiza Patel serves as co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program. She has testified before Congress opposing the dragnet surveillance of Muslims, organized advocacy efforts against state laws designed to incite fear of Islam, and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD. Before joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Patel worked as a senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, and clerked for Judge Sidhwa at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Born and raised in Pakistan, Ms. Patel is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.

Skylar Benedict, Researcher, Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration. Skylar Benedict is graduate student and researcher at Georgetown Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Institute for the Study of International Migration. Skylar has conducted independent research on refugees, water resource scarcity and climate change in Jordan. He will address the link between the current refugee crisis and climate change.

This event is open to the public - a $5 donation onsite is suggesteds. Space is limited so please RSVP here: http://whoozin.com/C66-MJC-NUDN

About the sponsors:

Arlington Green Party - The Arlington Green Party is the Green Party affiliate of the Green Party of Virginia (GPVA) in Arlington County, Virginia. GPVA is in turn the Green Party affiliate of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The purpose of the party is to run and elect candidates for public office consistent with the Green Party core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence.

Our Revolution Arlington - Our Revolution Arlington (ORA) is an informal local chapter of the national Our Revolution organization, which is working to unify the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. 

After the film please join us for a discussion and Q&A.

Free and open all! $5 Suggested donations.

Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community is a Busboys and Poets-produced monthly film series that screens films with a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, art, music, and/or community value.


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