After Spring

This film is presented as a fundraiser for two refugee sponsorship organizations, Rainbow New Beginnings and Everyone’s Sister. All seats $12.

After Spring, a depiction of life in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, is both compassionate and timely. The tent and caravan city of Zaatari has running water, restaurants, internet access and a market. But it has serious problems, too, the least of which is being located just seven miles from the Syrian border.

Poster for the documentary After Spring, filmed at the Zaatari refugee campThe filmmakers do an outstanding job using statistics and file footage to explain how peaceful protests escalated into civil war, chemical attacks and a refugee crisis surpassing that of World War II. The ‘temporary’ camp is now five years old. Approximately 80,000 refugees live there; half of them are children (5000 babies have been born in Zaatari). Food distribution, education, social services, and health care are precarious.

Many of Zaatari’s inhabitants are educated or are skilled tradespeople, and everyone interviewed for the film expresses a desire to return to Syria when it is safe.

The massive scale of the Syrian refugee crisis can make it difficult to see it as anything more than numbers. But directors Martinez and Ching succeed at putting a human face on the situation, responsibly and knowledgeably bringing filmgoers closer to those directly affected by the crisis, and to those trying to make a difference.

– Patricia Contino, The Upcoming

This film is presented as a fundraiser for two refugee sponsorship organizations, Rainbow New Beginnings and Everyone’s Sister. All seats $12.

For more information, or to arrange for advance tickets, please e-mail RainbowNewBeginnings@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the ByTowne box office on the night of the screening.

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