As New Expression Atlanta has branched into the Clarkston area to host drop-in sessions, we have met young people from all over the world whose families have fled violence, persecution and war. Having entered the U.S. as legal immigrants, their backgrounds are diverse and they all share a common dream for a safe, happy and prosperous life.
There is a new documentary called Salam Neighbor that highlights some of the experience of these refugees fleeing Syria. This Sunday, we are hosting a screening of it at the Clarkston Community Center. We are so excited about this! The Executive Director of the local office of International Rescue Committee will be join us afterward for a Q&A as well. He has lived and work in Clarkston for over 10 years and is a great resource.
Here’s a summary of the film:
Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles form the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari Camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register sand set up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis. 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.