Our esteemed International panel …
Directed by Tommaso Vitali.
★ The ancient village of Hasankeyf is known to possibly be the only place on earth satisfying 9 out of the 10 UNESCO criteria to be included in the World Heritage List. One criteria would be enough to be part of this list.
In 2016 Hasankeyf has also been nominated one of the 7 Most Endangered Heritage Places in Europe by Europa Nostra.
These voices remain unheard by the turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and authorities in general though.
Sponsored by the Department of Mental Health #5
Synopsis: M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.
Synopsis: When an earthquake devastated his parents’ homeland of Haiti in early 2010, Perri Pierre was on a bus headed home from Queens College, where he was studying theater. Although he was born in Brooklyn, Pierre grew up and attended school in Cayes, Haiti until he was 16. So the earthquake felt very personal – particularly when Pierre learned that a close friend from school had died in the catastrophe.
Introductions by Dr. Stephen Sideroff – Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA
Moderated by Mr. Egbert Higinio – Philosophy Professor at San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Mr. Rony Figueroa – Vice President of the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United
Mr. Alex Munoz – Filmmaker; Founder and Artistic Director of “Films By Youth Inside”
Mr. Arnie Saiki – Research Director, Statehood Hawai’i /’Imipono Projects, Coordinator, Moana Nui
Mr. Bilal Morris – LAUSD Educator, Filmmaker
Yvette Murphy Ruben – BA Human Service, Mental Health Service Coordinator II- Outreach and Engagement-Will provide information on mental health and wellness.
Break @ 4:30 -5:00 PM
*WORLD PREMIER* Runtime 90:00
Synopsis: Elias Matar is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He is also a Syrian-American, born in California, but lived in Syria for 15 years. As news of the refugees exodus from Syria emerged, he wanted to help. So in September of 2015, he traveled to Europe with a group of friends to join a host of other international volunteers to help the refugees as they crossed into Europe. His second trip was from late December, 2015 into January of 2016, where he traveled to the island of Chios Greece and Izmir Turkey, he assisted the local and international volunteer in the distribution of food, water, blankets and relief kits to the refugees as they landed on the island, as well as try to ensure the safety of their passage. In June 2016, Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveled to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon to work with a local NGO. There in the Beqaa, there are over 800,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food.
He filmed the documentary “Children of Beqaa” which gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard. As a Syrian-American, he felt a personal connection to these refugees and to their amazing stories of survival and determination. The situation in Lebanon is urgent, he felt that we cannot allow this generation of Syrians to be lost in the madness of war. He started Lighthouse Peace Initiative (LPIcorp , a 501(c)(3)), a volunteer platform dedicated to directing funds from private donors and corporate sponsors to coordinate efforts in providing immediate aid and creating long-term solutions to vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The goal is to empower women and give a fair chance for children to get an education that otherwise is impossible. Another part of the LPI corp is to work with newly settled Syrian families locally, hosting community dinners. The idea for the dinner came about as a way to connect with and support our new neighbors. It’s an opportunity to welcome them into our community and help them navigate through this new American landscape.
Q& A: Elias Matar
8:30 **Live Hula Performance Presentation with Kumu Anna Liza Kalauokekupukupu**