“After Spring” Documents Struggles of Syrian Refugees, Aid Workers

after-springTents stretch as far as the eye can see on a dusty plain in Zaatari, Jordan, the largest of the camps for Syrian refugees.

“After Spring,” the October Second Saturday Documentary Series offering, follows two refugee families striving to preserve their dignity and the aid workers struggling to keep the sprawling camp operational. The free film will be shown October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Niles Discovery Church.

The 80,000 residents of Zaatari, the fourth largest “city” in Jordan, are improvising ways to avoid despair in what is now the sixth year of the Syrian war. Director Ellen Martinez and Executive Producer Jon Stewart point out in the film that more than half the camp’s population is under the age of 18. More than 5,000 babies have been born since the camp opened in July 2012.

After the screening, a moderated discussion will be led by Janah Kadah, a Syrian American student who recently returned from visiting refugee camps in Greece, Italy and Lebanon.

The Second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Learn more about the series at http://bit.ly/nilesssds.

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