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Wednesday 17 February 2016

Basil: Film screening at SOAS, Friday 26 February

Please come on Friday 26 February to SOAS for a film screening fundraising for Watanili.

Basil: Syrian arts film screening,
Friday 26 February at 7pm, Room B102, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

Facebook event page.

We will be showcasing Basil, a ground-breaking short arts film by Syrian director Adnan Jetto. It documents some of the creative education projects that Watanili has run with Syrian refugee children on the Turkey-Syria border. Basil (a plant that blossoms to reach its full growth) strives to show the creativity and enduring human spirit of Syrian children. When given the opportunity, these young refugees still have that war-defying hope and courage to rebuild. It’s a heartwarming film that we hope will inspire people to consider the bright future that is possible for Syria.

Watanili is a grassroots initiative, dedicated to providing support for displaced Syrians through arts therapy, educational programmes, and community orientated projects.

A number of their initiatives have been financially supported by the British Council and HIVOS. Their focus is primarily on creative education and community building.

Watanili’s most recent project is a small learning centre, Makani (‘My Place’ in Arabic), encompassing over 45 Syrian refugees, providing them with access to literacy, numeracy, arts and crafts and more. Read more about the Makani centre here.

Read our July post about one of Watanili’s projects: A children’s cinema in Aleppo.

Suggested donation for the screening: £3.