July 3, 2017 § Leave a comment
Important film about what life is like for modern day veteran’s after they return home from tours of duty, and their attempts to integrate into society, form bonds with their estranged families, find employment, their battles with physical and mental illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Depression, and SI, and the long waits at the VA Hospitals to see physicians and counselors. The movie is very pertinent to society, and sheds light on the heroes who are so often ignored and neglected. Happy July 4th, 2017!!!
“Thank You For Your Service,” comes out October 2017!!!
July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
FREE! This 25 minute long documentary is a Must See!
Step onboard the Greek Coast Guard Captain, Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ boat while he and his crew, help rescue hundreds of migrants and refugees from rubber boats, in the “4.1 Mile” stretch of Aegean Sea between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos. Lesbos, Greece is the E.U. entry point for people fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
The Captain discusses how he is no longer just a Coast Guard Captain, but a Doctor, without proper training, saving mothers, fathers, and children’s lives from the harsh winds and choppy waters. The hospitals are overwhelmed with children who have lost their parents, those responsible aren’t helping, the world turns a blind eye and closes it’s borders, and the Turkish smugglers are in it for the money.
Between 2015-2016, over one million people made the 4.1 mile crossing from Turkey to Lesbos.
July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
FREE: Now streaming for free on PBS.org Point of View documentary films through July 25, 2017!
“Other Country Films” presents this one hour and fifteen minute documentary by Julia Metzer about, Dalya, a young Muslim teenage girl, and her mother, Rudanya, who had no choice but to leave war torn Syria to come and live with her son, Mustafa, in Los Angeles in 2012. When both Rudanya’s marriage, and her country fell apart, Rudanya, a US citizen, came to LA, and enrolled, Dalya, in an all girls Catholic school with other young girls from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.
Dalya, and her family discuss their concerns about being Muslim Americans, and what the impact of growing up in a Western country might have on Dalya, as she enrolls in an all female basketball team, learns to dance hip-hop, wears make-up, attends dances and formals, has female friends from varied backgrounds, and has desires and ambitions to attend college, and graduate school. She discusses her viewpoints on marriage, and her life as a Muslim in the US during the 2016 presidential debates.
Dalya’s mother, Rudanya, discusses her marriage and divorce from a Muslim man, and his desire to marry a second wife, and what it was like to go from being a homemaker in Syria, to being a business woman in Los Angeles.
Dalya’s brother, Mustafa, discusses what it is like to become the head of the household and father-figure to Dalya.
Dalya’s father, Mohammed, discusses his desire to stay in Mersin, Turkey or Syria, rather than living the good life in the US.
“Dalya’s Other Country”