With thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, NATO’s toppling of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, and the complicated politics of the region, “The Suffering Grasses” seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians who suffer at the leisure of those in power. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire the film seeks to unravel the conflict by exploring the motivations of its actors.
This film is in Arabic and shown with English subtitles. An optional discussion and update on the Syrian situation will follow the film withLayla Rahmeh, a Syrian refugee living in New Brunswick and members of cohosting group, Refugees Welcome Fredericton.
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