Dayla's Other Country

Dalya talking to the media at the Muslim travel ban protest at LAX in January 2017. Photo by Dustin Pearlman, courtesy of American Documentary Inc.

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Dalya's Other Country

Followed by a Panel Discussion in Observance of World Refugee Day

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.**

About the Program

FREE community screening! In observance of World Refugee Day, watch this nuanced documentary about a mother and daughter displaced by the Syrian conflict. As of January 2017, over 4.8 million Syrians have registered as refugees with the United Nations. Over half of these refugees are children. Witness the experiences of two Syrian refugees through this compelling film—copresented by the Skirball, the International Documentary Association, and POV, a showcase for independent nonfiction films on PBS.

While effervescent teen Dalya goes to Catholic high school in Los Angeles, her mother, Rudayna, enrolls in college. As they attempt to rebuild their lives, they both must walk the line between their Muslim values and those of the new world in which they live. Directed by Julia Meltzer (2017, 60 min. No MPAA rating. In English and Arabic with English subtitles.)

Before the screening, visit the installation Future Aleppo, FREE and on view beginning at 6:30 p.m.

After the screening, delve deeper into the topic through a panel discussion and previews of other POV films about the global refugee crisis (including The War Show, Last Men in Aleppo, and 4.1 Miles). Panelists will include the film’s subject Dalya Zeno, the film’s coproducer Mustafa Rony Zeno, Daphne Matziaraki (director of 4.1 Miles), and Skirball curator Cate Thurston. Simon Kilmurry (Executive Director, International Documentary Association) will moderate the discussion. In honor of audience members observing Ramadan, complimentary coffee, tea, and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres will be served.

This screening, copresented by the Skirball, the International Documentary Association, and POV, is part of POV’s World Refugee Day initiative. The documentary will air nationally on June 26, 2017, on PBS.

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Watch the official trailer for Dalya's Other Country.