NYU Washington, DC and the Embassy of the Czech Republic presented the documentary series, Echoes of One World.
One World is the biggest human rights film festival in the world, held annually in Prague and other cities of the Czech Republic, with a selection later shown in Brussels and other countries.
This screening of Lost in Lebanon was followed by a discussion with Washington Correspondent for Al-Hayat, Joyce Karam, and assoiate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, Fabrice Balanche.
Lebanon is a country of barely five million inhabitants, where more than a million Syrian refugees have found refuge. Fearing that the situation would spiral out of control, in 2015 the Lebanese government began tightening its asylum policy. As a result of new visa restrictions, some 80% of Syrians found themselves in the position of illegal migrants. The film interweaves four stories showing the extreme situations that people who are denied the right to a home are exposed to. What opportunities do fleeing Syrians have left when they cannot go back and neighbouring countries Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon cannot afford to take on hundreds of thousands of newcomers?
81 min., 2016, UK
Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute. Balanche, who also directs the Research Group on the Mediterranean and the Middle East (GREMMO), has spent ten years in Lebanon and Syria.
He began engaging in fieldwork in this region in 1990. Today, he is frequently called upon as an expert consultant on Middle East development issues and the Syrian crisis. His publications include Geopolitics of the Middle East (2014, in French), Atlas of the Arab Near East (2012, in French and Arabic), and the book version of his thesis, The Alawite Region and Syrian Power (2006, in French). Balanche holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Tours (2000).
Joyce Karam is the Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Hayat Newspaper, an International Arabic Daily based in London. She has covered American politics extensively since 2004 with focus on U.S. policy towards the Middle East.
Prior to that, she worked as a Journalist in Lebanon, covering the Post-war situation. Joyce holds a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Bachelors degree in Journalism, and is a frequent guest on Arabic TV channels, and radios.