Today, Oct. 2: The Syrian Crisis in Film

Monday, October 2, 2017

“The Syrian Crisis in Film:
Two Award-Winning Short Narratives”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 1023

Join us for the screening of two short films inspired by true events of the Syrian war. “Fireplace” (2017) and “Orshena” (2016) both recount tales of the devastating human consequences of war and give deep intellectual insights into the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with award-winning directors Muhammad Bayazid and Samah Safi Bayazid.

In “Fireplace,” a 12-minute film, it is Christmas Eve in Syria; a small child plays hide and seek with his dad and picks the most unexpected place to hide in: the fireplace. Within a few seconds, a jet fighter bombards their house to the ground. The fireplace stands still; however, the small child finds himself trapped alone.

In “Orshena,” which means “Land of Peace” in the ancient Syriac language, an old man loses his youngest daughter while migrating to Europe on a rubber boat. The accident changes his life forever. He keeps imagining his daughter everywhere he goes, while trying to make peace with himself.

This event is co-sponsored by ILSP: Law and Social Change, the Human Rights Program, and the Criminal Justice Program at Harvard Law School