RELEASE: Syrian Film Series @ UMOCA: March 29

 

 
CONTACT: SARINA EHRGOTT
 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MARCH 23, 2017
 
 
 
STORIES OF SYRIA
UMOCA and 3 Irons Present: Art From Exile
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29th
FILMS: 7:00 - 8:30 | TALK BACK: 8:30 - 9:00 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) in partnership with 3 Irons is pleased to present Art From Exile, three short films that bring Syrian circumstances, and current refugee life to light. At the conclusion of the films, there will be a panel discussion on the subject of cultural tolerance issues here in Utah. Free, open to the public. > Register on EventBright 
This Art From Exile series will build a platform for better understanding of the human plight in Syria and to stimulate a discussion amongst the participants regarding the very real challenges of acceptance and prejudice that refugees arriving in Utah are facing.   
 
Syrian film maker Adnan Jetto, who currently lives and works in Turkey, curated these films based on their strength in their human stories vs. politics and will screen this month, the 6th anniversary of the Syrian war. 
 
Shakespeare in Zaatari, Author and director Maan Mouslli, 35 Min.
 
FILMS
Shakespeare in Zaatari
The film chronicles the production of Hamlet and King Lear by the children in Zaatari refugee camp.
Director: Maan Mouslli

Suleima
Based on a true story, Suleima starkly tells the story of the days and years before 2011. 
Director: Jalal Maghout
Champion
The "champion" evolves from sports hero to knight, warrior, and martyr in this work set in today's Syria.
Director: Adnan Jetto
PANELISTS
Aden Batar: CCS Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director
Holly Holzer Bass: Art From Exile
Moderator, Kristian Anderson: Executive Director of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
 
The films will appear in Salt Lake City, Istanbul, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Seattle.
Admission is FREE, please register online with EventBright: REGISTER NOW
 
Thank you to our supporters 
Catholic Community Services and HAWA Films 
 
ABOUT ART FROM EXILE
Art from Exile, started by an American living in Turkey, supports emerging artists forced to leave their homes due to war, conflict, political violence, or persecution. We work through partnerships and collaborations to: provide opportunities for emerging visual and performing artists to develop and grow as artists, connect them to the local community where they live, link them with the international art community and others to promote their work, and explore ways to maintain and nurture contemporary cultural identity through the arts.

ABOUT HAWA FILMS
Hawa Films, founded by Syrian filmmaker Adnan Jetto, promotes the development and showing of films by Syrians. An artist and filmmaker, Adnan was born in Qamisly, a Kurdish city in the northeast of Syria on the border of Turkey. Adnan received his degree in Fine Arts from the University of Damascus. His films and art have been shown all over the world in various exhibitions and film festivals. His other films include Basil, the story of a Syrian child in a refugee camp, and Jalila, a homage to the women of Syria. He currently lives and works in Turkey.

ABOUT 3 IRONS
3 Irons is a Creative Production Partnership started in 2015 whose members include Joy Haynes, an immigration attorney and actress and Steven Labrum, an entrepreneur and community activist.  3 Irons exists to create, promote and discover arts and culture primarily in Salt Lake City, Utah.
ABOUT UMOCA
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) has advanced and elevated the community of contemporary arts and culture since it was established in 1931. UMOCA is a fearless voice for innovation, experimentation and dialogue surrounding the topics of our time. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA invites curiosity and promotes understanding of the challenging concepts that art and its reflective social commentary can present. UMOCA is a force for social transformation that unites all points of view, backgrounds, experience, and ages through pertinent art exhibitions and educational programming. UMOCA evokes change, challenges ideologies, celebrates triumph, and introduces an array of contemporary voices with in the Museum and throughout the community. 
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Art Works Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public foundation, and corporate gifts. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, and admission is a $5 suggested donation.

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