(Organized and Presented by Zayed University as part of "The Tasaamuh Film Series: Paths of Tolerance" in collaboration with Manarat Al Saadiyat and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism)
PROGRAM 3: TOLERANCE, REFUGEES AND HUMOR
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Free Film Screening (followed by discussion)
Directed by Cynthia Choucair
Lebanon | 2018 | 87 minutes
In Arabic with English Subtitles
Rating ( PG-15 ) - Parental Guidance is advised
Synopsis: A group of clowns travel to the Greek island of Lesvos on a mission to bring laughter to the waves of refugees crossing the sea to escape from war and enter Europe. Unwittingly, the clowns find themselves greeted with closed gates witnessing the effects of new policies enacted by the European Union towards the refugees. Cynthia, the sister of one of the clowns, joins them on their journey which slowly becomes a reflection on the sisters’ own tale of displacement during the Lebanese civil war.
About the Discussion: The director and her sister will address the audience from Lebanon, followed by a short talk by humanities scholar and filmmaker, Dr. Nezar Andary (Zayed University) with an educational performance by Italian Actor and Clown Francesca Bizzarri (NYUAD). A unique experience for the audience.