Join us for a screening and panel on one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time: the mass displacement of millions of Syrian families affected by the violence and bloodshed in Syria. This short documentary, A Syrian Woman: Human Stories from Jordan (a selection for this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival), focuses on stories of Syrian refugee women living within and outside of the camps in Jordan. With the Syrian crisis now in its eighth year, these women share, intimately, how they've rebuilt their lives and find strength to hold alive a thread of hope for their children, many of whom have only known life as a 'refugee.'
Last fall, DeCaprio and his team traveled to Jordan to give voice to these courageous women, whose stories of survival and transformation highlight the struggles many displaced women and children face. These mothers and daughters now live in a world where they are making decisions for themselves and their families independently – often for the first time in their lives – all while navigating adversity such as economic uncertainty, gender-based trauma, and childhood marriage.
The film presents a vision of these women as managers, caregivers, and advocates for change as they fight to keep hope alive and build a new life.
We are pleased to invite you to the premier private viewing of A Syrian Woman: Human Stories from Jordan, joined by creators Louis DeCaprio and Khawla Al Hammouri, along with other expert panelists on Syria and the surrounding region.
Louis Sayad DeCaprio is a commercial and documentary filmmaker of Syrian-Italian decent. His narrative work has been shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriting Labs. He has since worked on multiple shows for Netflix and Amazon. He is most passionate about sharing global stories of human perseverance in the face of trauma.
Khawla Al Hammouri is a Jordanian-Palestinian director and producer. At the age of 23, she co-founded Meel Productions, a production company based in Amman, dedicated to advancing the craft and exposure of Jordanian media. Her interest in topics related to social issues, women's rights and refugees can be seen throughout her work as a journalist for Roya news and writer for Al Jazeera.