Highland Hall Waldorf School

The Children of Beqaa - Screening April 29

Highland Hall Waldorf School and Lighthouse Peace Initiative will be hosting a screening of the Syrian refugee documentary, The Children of Beqaa, on Saturday, April 29, from 3-5 pm, at Highland Hall Waldorf School. The screening will be followed by a panel consisting of international human rights activists and refugee support advocates, This event provides an opportunity to educate our community about the challenges faced by refugees from the crisis in Syria.  Due to the content, the event is recommended for students 7th grade and older.  Admission is free and open to the public.  To be held in the Eurythmy Room. Donations gratefully accepted. 
"We cannot allow this generation of Syrians to be lost to the madness of war."
--Elias Matar, Highland Hall Parent and film director.
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Children of Beqaa documents the director, Elias Matar, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon during the summer of 2016 to volunteer with Salam LADC, a local NGO. The Beqaa Valley hosts over 800,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of uncertainty for the past five years. The film gives a voice to the refugees who are desperately seeking their stories to be heard.

Sabine Freij holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Research Methods. Her Dissertation tackles the Syrian refugees’ influx into Turkey and assessing the outcome on socio-economic factors in the host country. In addition, she teaches at California University of Management and Sciences. She also has more than two years of leadership experience in civic engagement as a program Coordinator for the Syria Trust for Development, an NGO in Syria.
Gissou Nia is a human rights lawyer with a passion for world politics, social good and solutions for global displacement. As a Strategy Director, she is currently leading an initiative in partnership with Purpose and Unicef to boost public engagement around the global refugee crisis.

Before her most recent posting, Gissou served as the Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and the Deputy Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Gissou also works on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. She lectures and publishes widely on human rights developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the rule of law in post-conflict and transitional societies.

Lighthouse Peace Initiative Corp. (LPI Corp) is non-profit organization dedicated to raising the quality of life for the most vulnerable Syrians living in the Lebanon, Greece and Turkey.