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Country: USA, JORDAN
Run Time: 91 minutes
Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, over five million people have been forced to flee their homeland. Of these refugees, just under 21,000 have been accepted into the United States—often after years of being waitlisted. Upon arrival, refugees are provided with interpreters, home and job placement, and assistance applying for financial aid programs. However, they only have eight months before they are required to be entirely self-sufficient. THIS IS HOME follows four Syrian families on this eight-month journey as they adapt to life in the United States. Battling grief, recovering from trauma, and moving through cultural and language barriers, the adjustment is not easy. Even small tasks such as navigating the city bus or grocery shopping can be overwhelming. And most refugees must accept low-wage, entry-level positions, no matter the professions they left behind. Despite the hardship, the resilience and courage of the Syrian people are powerful and, in defiance of the current political climate, there are many Americans who offer kindness and support. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) —G.S.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:40 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:20 PM
Voices of the Arab World
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Alexandra Shiva was born in New York City. She graduated from Vassar College in 1995 with a B.A. in art history. Shiva is the founder of the Manhattan-based documentary production company Gidalya Pictures. THIS IS HOME won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bombay Eunuch (2001), Stagedoor (2006), How to Dance in Ohio (2015), THIS IS HOME (2018)
Lindsey Megrue, Alexandra Shiva
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