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Film: Not Who We Are

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $5

Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon

Screening following by Q&A with Siham Abo Sitta, one of the women in the film,  who arrived in Canada with 2 young daughters in December 2015 as part of refugee sponsorship program.

“Not Who We Are” highlights the story of Syrian refugees who became displaced due to the brutal war in Syria. In early 2013, Syrians became the fourth largest refugee population in the world. Close to one million of them have taken refuge in Lebanon. More than eighty percent are women and children.

War and displacement acutely affect women in particular. They lose their homes, loved ones and possessions and often find themselves in unfriendly environments. Bereft of social support networks, they are vulnerable to discrimination, violence, and abuse.

“Not Who We Are” portrays the lives of five women refugees, from different socio-educational backgrounds. In Lebanon they struggle against life’s daily brutality and try to rebuild lives shattered by war. They provide us with a glimpse into their daily hardships as well as their strength, resilience and survival instinct.

“Not Who We Are” has won the Best Documentary Award at the Rated SR Festival in New York, and the Jury’s Special Mention at the FIFOG festival in Geneva.

Carol Mansour |Lebanon | 2013 | 75 min | Arabic with English subtitles

Director – Producer
Carol Mansour founded Forward Film Production in 2000 in Beirut, Lebanon. With over 20 years in documentary production, Mansour has covered the world from Sri Lanka to Lebanon to Uzbekistan. She has achieved international recognition and honor for her films, with over thirty film festival screenings and official selections worldwide.

Her films have won numerous prestigious awards including Jury’s Prize at the Institute du Monde Arab in Paris and Best Documentary at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam. Her film on the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon “A Summer Not To Forget” received Best Short International Documentary at the New Zealand Festival and the Best Documentary at the Sole Luna Festival.  Later, her last film on Palestinian Syrian refugees “We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear” received Best Documentary at Al-Ard Festival in Sardegna and won Women Films Critics Circle Award at the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York.

Carol’s work reflects her concern for human rights and social justice, covering issues such as migrant workers, refugees, environmental issues, mental health, war and memory, right to health, and child labor.  Prior to launching Forward Film Production, Carol has produced, directed and hosted numerous live entertainment, magazine, and travel programs for Future Television in Beirut, Lebanon.   Carol is Canadian/Lebanese of Palestinian origin.  She shuttles between Beirut and Montreal.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.