Forsyth Tech Hosts Film and Discussion on Syrian refugee Crisis

"(Winston-Salem, NC) –Forsyth Tech is hosting the viewing of the award-winning, feature-length film, “Salam Neighbor,” about the Syrian refugee crisis on Thursday, April 28, from 11 am – 1 pm at the Oak Grove Center Auditorium on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. The program is free and open to the public and is part of the college’s ongoing Humanities Enrichment Series.

Following the viewing of the film, Dr. Dilshad Jaff will present and lead a discussion about his experience from the field working in the refugee and Internally Displaced Peoples’ camps, updates and current challenges, and issues related to the refugee crisis. Dilshad is a Research Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Disaster Preparedness at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Gillings Global Gateway™.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.

“Salam Neighbor” chronicles the experience of two Americans living among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp just seven miles from the Syrian border. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple are plunged into the heart of the world’s more pressing humanitarian crisis. While there, they uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying against all odds to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

“This film is important as it provides a platform for initiating community conversations about one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time,” says Anu Williams, chair of Humanities, Communication and Fine Arts at Forsyth Tech. “This beautiful film gives us insight into the plight of refugees and, hopefully, begins to close a cultural gap of misunderstanding. Forsyth Tech is honored to offer this learning opportunity to our students, faculty, staff and community.”"

- A Press Release

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