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Showing the Challenges Syrian Families in America Face, This Documentary Will Open Your Eyes

For half a century, Rice Cinema has maintained an international reputation as an important cultural center in Houston, Texas. As defined by its founders, Jean and Dominique de Menil, it is a cinemateque experience for both the screening of great films and the opportunity to discuss these works.

Rice Cinema regularly shows documentaries, foreign films, and experimental cinema and has brought filmmakers from all parts of the world to present their work. Among the many filmmakers that have come through our doors are Andy Warhol, Jean Luc Godard, Dennis Hopper, Richard Lester, Sam Peckinpah, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Fernando Solanas, Shirin Neshat, Patricio Guzman, Arturo Ripstein, Albert Maysles, and many others.

On January 23rd, Rice Cinema invites you to come see This Is Home! This Is Home follows the lives of four Syrian families as they transition from life in Syria to adjusting in the United States. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient.

As they learn to adapt to challenges such as learning English, getting a job, and being separated from family due to the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested. It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it's like to start over, no matter the obstacles. We witness the families' struggles and triumphs up close through the drama of everyday life.

This Is Home goes beyond the statistics to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. Through intimate access, this cinema vérité film takes a fresh look at the classic American immigration story and challenges us to see past differences to find common ground.

At The Heights at Harper’s Preserve Apartments in Conroe, Texas, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019—6:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
Rice Cinema
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

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