February 22, 2018
A journey is underway … a journey of understanding that is changing the conversation about refugees … a journey that will make every refugee feel welcome in their new country, and every citizen a welcoming friend. For people of good will in cities and towns nationwide, this journey has become a movement.
NYU Washington, DC in collaboration with One Journey hosted a film screening of Salam Neighbor, an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp.
A panel discussion followed the film.
Seasoned, versatile producer, anchor, and reporter with more than 15 years' experience in international news media. Multimedia journalist with demonstrated ability to conceive, write, shoot, edit and produce compelling stories for global audiences. Specialized skills: video, audio and photo editing (Adobe CC); on-camera presenting and interviewing; documentary production; filming (DSLR); and mobile journalism.
Janella Nelson is currently the Senior Education Technical Advisor for ChildFund International, providing technical assistance in education and protection to 22 countries. Previously, Ms. Nelson was the Education Program Manager for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in South Sudan from 2009 to early 2012, developing education and livelihood programs for returning refugees. Ms. Nelson held the same position with NRC in Tchad, working in the refugee camps for Darfurian refugees. Prior to NRC, Ms. Nelson worked for Plan International, World Learning, and was the Technical Advisor to the National Equity Committee in Guinea on girls’ education. In the U.S., Ms. Nelson has worked as a teacher to refugees in North Dakota. She has an MA from American University and BAs from the University of Minnesota.
Michael Niconchuk joined Beyond Conflict as the Senior Researcher affiliated with the Innovation Lab. Mike is a graduate of Tufts University and University College London and holds degrees in International Relations and Social Cognition. His current research focuses on the embodied implications of forced displacement and migration, exploring issues of stress, trauma, and social inclusion through the lens of neurobiology and neuroscience.
Michael has spent 7 years working with at-risk and displaced youth in Latin America and the Middle East, particularly with youth at risk of violence and conflict with the law. From 2012-2015, Michael was the Emergency Response Coordinator at Questscope in Amman, Jordan, where he led the design and coordination the organization’s refugee response, particularly focusing on youth violence prevention, youth participation, and community organizing in Za’atri Refugee Camp. Since completing his master’s degree, Michael has served as a consultant to several international organizations in the Middle East and Europe, working to integrate insights from behavioral science into programs with youth, including countering violent extremism interventions, mental health and psychosocial support work, and youth empowerment projects.
Sayre has an extensive background working on refugee response with the UN and non-profit organizations, including the International Rescue Committee and Refugees International. She also served as the Regional Operations Officer for the UN Refugee Agency in Jordan and Lebanon during the Iraq and Syria refugee crises. In that role she launched the first UNHCR Data Analysis Group, an innovative approach to regional data analysis and reporting. Sayre has worked to improve refugee policy and operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She has a B.A. in Psychology and French from St. Olaf College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Producer: Salam Darwaza
Producer: Mohab Khattab
Director/Producer: Zach Ingrasci
Director/Producer: Chris Temple
Director of Photography: Sean Kusanagi
Film Editor: Mohamed El Manasterly
Composer: Snuffy Walden
Composer: Patrick Rose
Interpreter/Fixer: Ibraheem Shaheen
Screening: Salam Neighbor is an award-winning feature documentary and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Our goal is to tell the stories of our refugee neighbors with the dignity they deserve and the depth the world needs. We hope you’ll join this effort by watching the film, sharing these stories and getting involved.
This is a critical moment, with more refugees today than anytime in the last century. More than 4.8 million people have fled Syria alone to escape the atrocities of war. Right now, we are at risk of losing a generation of youth, further destabilizing the region, and perpetuating a cycle of violence and poverty.
In an effort to better understand refugee life, we spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, we were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. Our experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential our uprooted neighbors posses. With the right programs we can support healing, ease the burden on host countries and even empower the disenfranchised by unleashing people’s creativity.
The full-length feature runs 75 minutes.
This free three-part film series is being held to raise awareness about the One Journey Festival on June 2nd, 2018, an all-day celebration on the front lawn of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The festival will build connection among cultures as we celebrate refugee talents, stories and accomplishments through the shared languages of humanity: food, fashion, music and dance. The festival is a partnership of the Washington National Cathedral, NOVA Friends of Refugees, and Refugees International.