Sponsored by the Lebanese American University and SUNY Global Engagement Program
Discussion to Follow
Wednesday, December 7
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lebanese American University
211 E. 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Sam Kadi, Brian Dooley, and Ş. İlgü Özler
Little Gandhi (93 min.) tells the heart-wrenching tale of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, dubbed "Little Gandhi" for his strict code of nonviolent protest. In following the journey of a young man dedicated to peaceful change, the film takes viewers through the Syrian people's peaceful pursuit of freedom, and reflects the plight of all Syrians in their long fight for liberty.
Sam Kadi is a Syrian-American filmmaker who has been recognized by Cinema For Peace for raising awareness of human rights issues through motion pictures. He received a Humanitarian Service Award by the Life for Relief and Development Organization, and was asked to speak before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. He is the director and producer of the award winning feature drama The Citizen(2013).
Brian Dooley is director of the Human Rights Defenders program at Human Rights First in Washington, DC. He works with the U.S. government and other partners to end threats to human rights work around the world. Most recently, he has been concentrating on human rights issues in Syria and the Gulf.
Ş. İlgü Özler is director of the SUNY Global Engagement Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY New Paltz. She is a consultant for human rights and environmental organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights and Earth Child Institute.
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