“GROWING HOME” (short) Amid Syria’s refugee crisis that has displaced 9 million people,a Syrian barber struggles to maintain normality in the infamous Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

Co-presented by:
Inside Out Film Festival www.insideout.ca
Syrian Kids Foundation www.syriankids.ca




“QUEENS OF SYRIA” (feature) A moving portrait of fifty Syrian women living in exile in Jordan, who come together to create and perform their own version of Euripides’ Ancient Greek drama “The Trojan Women.” The play’s narrative provides a vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them from another time, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War.

Co-presented by:
Canadian Arab Institute www.canadianarabinstitute.org No One Is Illegal – Toronto toronto.nooneisillegal.org Regent Park Film Festival www.regentparkfilmfestival.com

“GOAGoal2SyriaL TO SYRIA” A short animation depicting the heroism of the Civil Defence volunteers, a Syrian humanitarian rescue organization.

Co-presented by:

Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective  www.rememberingalimustafa.org



“MORNING FEARS, NIGHT CHANTS” (short) :  The film tells the story of an unlikely revolutionary. A young, sheltered woman no longer shares her parents believes and cannot settle for the regime’s narrative of the war. Amongst the youth of the revolution, she finally finds a purpose. She decides to “defect” from her family, and joins the revolution — singing songs of courage and freedom in support of the demand for change.

Co Presented by: Jayu Film Festival  www.jayu.ca

Hide_and_seek“HIDE AND SEEK
(short) A Spanish film crew travels to Lebanon to shoot a”Hide and Seek” game in a Syrian refugee camp, blurring the lines between themselves and the ‘actors’ in this experimental documentary.

Co-presented by:

International Development and Relief Foundation www,idrf.com
The Spanish Centre www.spanishcentre.com


50-feet-from-syria“50 FEET FROM SYRIA” Hisham Bismar, a successful Syrian-American hand surgeon living a comfortable life in the US, decides he cannot continue to watch online images of wounded Syrian refugees flow across international borders. He decides to fly to Turkey to help the victims of Syria’s revolution from across the border. 50 Feet From Syria is a snapshot in time that captures the human cost of the Syrian civil war.

Co-presented by:
HotDocs   www.hotdocs.ca  UOSSM http://uossm-canada.org
This screening was followed by a Q&A with Dr. Hisham Bismar and Skye Fitzgerald from “50 Feet from Syria.”

Diaspora“DIASPORA” (short)
Through the lens of the media, Anders Gatten explores what the idea of ‘home’ has become for Syrian refugees who have escaped to Jordan and the implications of this large scale exodus.

Co-presented by:

Diaspora Film Festival   wwwdiasporafilmfest.com
World Association For Christian Communication    www.waccglobal.org


csm_Not_Who_We_Are_27054f84b5“NOT WHO WE ARE” (feature) The stories of five Syrian women lead us through the “refugee experience” as it impacts every aspect of their lives. Although these women come from different socio-educational backgrounds, they share the uncertainty of an unstable situation in Lebanon. They share their experiences of displacement and loss, and in the process, their strength and resilience shines through.

Co-presented by:

Amnesty International REEL AWARENESS Human Rights Film Festival  www.aito.ca/reelawareness
Fairlawn Av. United Church, www.fairlawnchurch.ca Lifeline Syria www.lifelinesyria.ca  Toronto Palestine             Film Festival www.tpff.ca

This screening was followed by a Q&A with Anders Gatten from “Diaspora”