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Born in Syria
Running Time: 86 minutes
Country: Denmark / Spain
Language: Arabic/Spanish with English subtitles
Venue: Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street]
Showtime: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 04:00 PM
Director: Hernán Zin
Description: Since civil war began in Syria in 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes, half of them children. We witness everything through the eyes of seven children for a year, from their escape from Syria, through refugee camps in the Middle East, to their arrival into the promised land of Europe. And then we continue following them for their first six months in Europe, recording their integration.
These children have fled unimaginable horror: the indiscriminate bombings of Bachar Al Assad’s government, the brutal killing of rebels of the Al Nuzra front, and the Islamic State’s raping and beheading, only to find themselves trapped in makeshift camps or closed borders.
With a soundtrack composed by Gabriel Yared, this feature length film shot in 12 countries [Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Syrian Arab Republic...], is a unique testimony to the refugee experience.
The harsh reality for Syrian children is the extended duration of the conflict. It has already been a five-year struggle for the most affected areas—five years without access to healthcare, education, and basic services like electricity and running water. Clearly, it is important to tell the story of the war in Syria from the perspective of childhood. Even more so when hundreds of thousands of children, in many cases alone, in some with their families, have embarked upon the most significant exodus to Europe since the Second World War.
Born in Syria rises from the call to give a voice to these children, from the moment they leave Syria, to their arrival to Europe, to their search to integrate themselves into the societies that take them in. It provides a way to talk about the conflict from the perspective of its most vulnerable victims, but also to discover the world's response to a conflict that is jeopardizing the future of one of the most sensitive and controversial regions on the planet.
Screening with: Mohamed, the First Name
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