The Kelowna chapter of Amnesty International will showcase a documentary about the current conflict in Syria called The Suffering Grasses on Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Kelowna campus theatre of Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd.
This documentary examines the war in Syria through the civilians who have been killed, abused and displaced to refugee camps. While focusing on those caught in the crossfire, the film also looks at the motivations of the Syrian regime, the Free Syrian Army, the U.S., Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the countries on the Persian Gulf.
The title comes from the saying, “When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers.” In May 2012, director Iara Lee participated in a press delegation to the Turkish refugee camps housing Syrian exiles where she interviewed those most affected by the conflict.
The film is an effort to show that although these refugees may vary in their opinions about the war, any understanding of it and its costs should be rooted in recognizing the humanity and suffering of these refugees. Admission is by donation.