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Salam Neighbor

Monday, January 23

Released:  2015
Directors: Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci
Run time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Message from the filmmakers:

"Salam Neighbor is an award-winning feature documentary and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Our goal is to tell the stories of our refugee neighbors with the dignity they deserve and the depth the world needs. We hope you'll join this effort by watching the film, sharing these stories and getting involved.

This is a critical moment, with more refugees today than any time in the last century. More than 4.8 million people have fled Syria alone to escape the atrocities of war. Right now, we are at risk of losing a generation of youth, further destabilizing the region, and perpetuating a cycle of violence and poverty.

In an effort to better understand refugee life, we spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za'atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, we were able to get a never before seen look into the world's most pressing crisis. Our experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential our uprooted neighbors possess. With the right programs we can support healing, ease the burden on host countries and even empower the disenfranchised by unleashing people's creativity."

(Source: Official film site, http://livingonone.org/salamneighbor/)


Leslie Aizenman, Director
Refugee and Immigrant Services
Jewish Family and Children's Services