January 20, 2016

College to Host Documentary Screening Feb. 5

Guilford College will host a screening of “Salam Neighbor,” a documentary about life in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Dana Auditorium.

Church World Service, Every Campus a Refuge and the Center for Principled Problem Solving are sponsoring the screening, which is free and open to the public. Learn more and reserve tickets at the event’s webpage.

President Jane K. Fernandes will welcome attendees. A filmmaker Q&A and a virtual reality reception will follow the screening.

In order to make the movie, filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple embedded themselves in the refugee camp, where 85,000 Syrians are struggling to restart their lives.

“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,” according to a synopsis of the documentary.

Every Campus a Refuge, one of the event sponsors, is a movement started by Associate Professor Diya Abdo to aid Syrian refugees. During the summer and early fall, she watched in horror as the Syrian refugee crisis worsened. More than 4 million Syrian refugees have fled their country’s civil war.

The daughter of Palestinian refugees, Diya had an idea for how higher education could help. She proposed in mid-September that every college and university volunteer to house a Syrian refugee family. Her campaign has attracted extensive media coverage.