When news of the refugee exodus from the civil war in Syria first emerged, local filmmaker Elias Matar felt compelled to help. So in September of last year, he joined other international volunteers in assisting the refugees on their treacherous journey north. As a Syrian-American born in California, and having spent 15 years living in Syria, Elias felt a personal connection to the refugees, and was committed to documenting their remarkable stories of survival and determination. The result of this labor of love is the documentary Flight of the Refugees, which Conscientious Projector will screen on Thursday, February 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Matar’s dramatic, emotionally moving account stands in striking counterpoint to the pernicious political meme that all Syrian refugees must be refused entry to the United States to protect Americans against terrorism. On the contrary, the film presents a vivid case that they should be welcomed with compassion.
Filmmaker Elias Matar joins us for a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.