Fairfield Musuem screens documentary Salam Neighbor

Seven miles from war, 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. Two American filmmakers, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, fully embed themselves in a camp, providing an intimate look at the world’s most dire refugee crisis. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Chris and Zach plunge into the heart of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis since World War II. The movie that came out of this experience, Salam Neighbor, will be screened at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, on Sunday, January 10, at 4 p.m. This show is sold out, but another show was added at 12:30.

The filmmakers uncover inspiring stories, including the story of Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers as well as the story of street-smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile. It features individuals rallying — against all odds — to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

The film is 72 minutes long and will be followed by a panel discussion led by Jack Leslie, Chairman of U.S. African Development Foundation and former Chairman of USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency). Also joining the panel will be Chris Temple, the filmmaker of Salam Neighbor. Beverages and a selection of Middle Eastern and traditional hors d’oeuvres will be served before the film screening and following the panel.

Donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds will support The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), a local refugee and immigrant agency and the Salam Neighbor project. Seats are limited. Please RSVP at: https://salamfmhc.eventbrite.com

• Directed and Produced by Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

• Produced by Salam Darwaza and Mohab Khattab

• Edited by Emmy Award Winning Editor Mohamed El Manasterly (The Square)

• Original Score by 12-time Emmy Nominated Composer, W.G. Snuffy Walden (Nashville, West Wing)

Presented with the support of: Caroline and Jack Leslie, Katia and Robert Mead, Tracy and Tim Stuart and Fairfield Museum & History Center. View the official trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6SxPSZVD9o

About the Fairfield Museum and History Center

The Fairfield Museum is a fascinating non-profit museum, library, cultural arts and educational organization founded in 1903 that provides families in Fairfield County with a wide array of exhibits and educational programs that teach regional history, celebrate a shared heritage, and prepare students and adults to be more active participants in their community. Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

We believe in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society. Our mission is to connect people around the complex history of Fairfield and neighboring communities so that together we may shape a more informed future. Program support comes from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, CT Humanities and our generous community donors and corporate sponsors.

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