Middle Eastern Shorts Program for Families


The Global Justice Center
225 E. 26th Street
85713 Tucson , AZ


Wed, 06/14/2017 - 7:30pm


Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

Panelists: Jack Wilson (American Red Cross, New Mexico – El Paso Regional Director: International Services), Jenelle Eli (American Red Cross), and Jeffrey Cornish (Executive Director, IRC Tucson)

Cinema is an empathy machine, and this stellar collection of short narrative and documentary films from and about the Middle East takes young people deep inside the lives of their counterparts from Iran, Syria and Yemen. Meet the children of these countries, and you’ll come away with a richer understanding of our shared bonds as the human family. All children want to laugh, to love, to learn, to find friends and fulfillment, and to live in peace. These films are in English, Farsi and Arabic, with English subtitles, and are best suited for ages 10+. The total program running time is 65 mins.

Shirin’s Dream
After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity. (Dir. by Maryam Abdoli, Iran, 2016, 15 mins., Not Rated)

Yemeni children share their experience of being refugees as they recount what they have seen and what they miss. Youth Video Festival winner, 2017 Seattle Children’s Film Festival. (Dir. by Shatha Alghabri, 2016, Malaysia, 5 mins., Not Rated)

The Magic Shoes
All that Kamron, a nine-year-old Iranian immigrant, needs to fit in at his new school is a pair of Air Jordans. Just one problem – his parents won’t buy them. (Dir. by Sahand Nikoular, 2014, USA, 19 mins., Not Rated)

I Am Aliya
For Aliya, a Syrian refugee, life has gone still as she reflects on her experience and her hopes. (Dir. by Matic Carl, Martin Deisinger & Mojca Spik, 2016, Slovenia, 3 mins., Not Rated)

A Year without my Parents
When Tareq flees Syria, he leaves his family behind. In this emotionally involving documentary, he adjusts to his new life in the Netherlands and wonders about his choice. (Dir. by Els van Driel, 2015, The Netherlands, 24 mins., Not Rated)