Syrian Filmmakers Take Their Impressions Of War To The Big Screen

11/21/2016 - 12:04 PM

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NEW YORK –  On December 1, Lebanese American University’s New York Academic Center hosts a screening of 50 Feet From Syria (39 min), a documentary film about Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar who travels to a Turkish hospital on the Syrian border to volunteer.  Watch trailer.

What Bismar finds is horror, chaos, and an ocean of refugees in need of medical care. With dull drill bits and ill-fitting bone and joint implants, he repairs the bodies of the wounded fortunate enough to find their way to the hospital. The film serves as a snapshot of the current plight of Syrian refugees, and indelibly communicates the human cost of war.  

 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Bismar.
 

“War used to have rules.  In this conflict there are no rules.  In Syria today there is only death and destruction.  There is the systematic targeting of physicians and medical facilities, and there is torture and starvation as a tool of war.” – Dr. Hisham Bismar, Physician

 

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On December 7, LAU NY presents Little Gandhi (93 min), a documentary about iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, dubbed “Little Gandhi” for his strict code of nonviolent protest. The film takes viewers through the Syrian people’s peaceful pursuit of freedom and democracy, following the journey of a young man dedicated to peaceful change, and reflecting the plight of all Syrians in their long fight for freedom. Watch trailer.

 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Syrian-American filmmaker Sam Kadi.

 

“I made this film to build a better understanding of what the Syrian revolution is all about and what it stands for, years before the Arab Spring.” – Sam Kadi, Director / Producer

 

Little Gandhi won "Best Foreign Documentary" at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles. It has been screened before members of Congress, and at the U.S. Navy Memorial with keynote speaker Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Human Rights, Tom Malinowski.

 

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The screenings are part of Syria Resilient, a series of events by Lebanese American University aimed at fostering an understanding of Syria, not as a land of war and tragedy, but as a place of origin for over 150,000 Americans whose ancestors began settling in the United States in the 1880s. It takes place in conjunction with the Little Syria exhibitionat the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, showcasing the early Syrian community in New York. LAU’s New York Academic Center regularly hosts public events aimed at engaging and informing the community, and nurturing cross-cultural dialogue.

 

If you’re interested in covering, please contact:

 

Paige Kollock

Director of Communications and Media

Lebanese American University New York

211 East 46th Street

New York, NY 10017

Office: 917 720 8609

Mobile: 202 360 6881

www.lau.edu.lb

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