View ‘Salam Neighbor’ at MCC on March 20; Q&A with Filmmaker

The 2016 film “Salam Neighbor” will be shown on Monday, March 20, at 1 p.m. and at 6 p.m., in Muskegon Community College’s Stevenson Center Room 1200, with each showing followed by a brief question-and-answer session via Skype with filmmaker Chris Temple.

Presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Muskegon, the event is free and open to the public.

The film documents the experiences of American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple when they lived among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, which lies seven miles from the Syrian border. The filmmakers, who were the first allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, spent a month in Za’atari to cover what the UN Refugee Agency calls the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis.

“Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, directors of the award-winning documentary, ‘Living on One Dollar,’ are once again entering a world that few understand or connect with by spending four weeks living alongside displaced refugees in Jordan,” wrote the film’s producer, 1001 Media, on its website.

“Joined by Ibraheem Shaheen, their young Jordanian translator and counterpart, they will live in the same conditions as refugees, eating the same food and sharing the same facilities. By fully immersing themselves in the Za’atari camp and the surrounding refugee communities, they will uncover the daily struggles, heartbreaks, and dreams that make up life on the edge of a conflict, providing a new lens into the life of a Syrian refugee.”

For more information on the event, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.