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FORSYTH TECH HOSTS FREE SALAM NEIGHBOR SCREENING

Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) will present a special screening of Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple’s documentary feature Salam Neighbor on Thursday beginning at 11 am, followed by a discussion hosted by Dr. Dilshad Jaff, a research advisor for Conflict Prevention and Disaster Preparedness at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Gillings Global Gateway.

The screening, which is being presented as part of the school’s ongoing Humanities Enrichment series, is being co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.

The film, which translates into Hello Neighbor, follows the experiences of Ingrasci and Temple as they lived among 85,000 refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp, located only a few miles from the Syrian border. The filmmakers were the first permitted by the United Nations to register and set up a tent within the refugee camp – giving them a unique insight into the plight of those trying to rebuild their lives and community.

“This film is important as it provides a platform for initiating community conversations about one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time,” said Anu Williams, Forsyth Tech’s chair of Humanities, Communication and Fine Arts, in an official statement. “This beautiful film gives us insight into the plight of refugees and, hopefully, begins to close a cultural gap of misunderstanding. Forsyth Tech is honored to offer this learning opportunity to our students, faculty, staff, and community.”

Dr. Jaff will speak about his own experiences in the field working with Syrian refugees, recent developments in the region, current challenges, and how people can get involved to help improve the situation.

WANNA go?

Salam Neighbor will be screened 11 am to 1 pm pens Friday in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium on the main campus of Forsyth Tech, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. Admission is free. For more information, call 336.757.3312 or e-mail awilliams@forsythtech.edu. The official Forsyth Tech website is: www.forsythtech.edu

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