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Voices from Syria, which premieres December 1, 2020, is a curated selection of four documentaries, including Harmony for After War (Pablo Tosco and Migue Roth), Wajd: Songs of Separation (Amar Chebib), A House for the Syrians (Nadine Beaudet and Christian Mathieu Fournier) and The Rest (Ai Weiwei).

And to kick off the festival on December 1, 2020, at 20:00 EST, join us for a livestreamed conversation with Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib, hosted by Maryam Shah from the Toronto Star.

The proceeds from this event will be donated to Matthew House Ottawa, a shelter offering essential support to refugee claimants.

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Over 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond. Millions more are displaced inside Syria and, as war continues, hope is fading fast. UNHCR works hard to help, leading a coordinated effort across the region. Together with our partners, NGOs and host governments, we offer a lifeline to those in need.

To introduce our Voices from Syria program, we invited Rula Amin, Senior Communications Advisor and spokesperson at UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), to say a few words about the current state of the Syria crisis. 

Rula leads UNHCR’s communications work in the MENA region, which hosts more than 16 million people of concern to UNHCR, including refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless persons. Before joining UNHCR in 2017, Rula worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera in Beirut. She started her journalism career with CNN in Jerusalem, and travelled across the region to cover the most critical moments of war and peace, as well as the political and social consequences of major events in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Find out more about the Syria crisis and how you can help