Screening: The Common Link a film by Laila Knio

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 --- 7 PM
Hunt Library Auditorium
Parking: Poulton Deck (near library)

7:00 – opening remarks

7:15 – screening (40 minutes)

8:15 – Q&A

The English Department, Film Studies, The Honors Program and the Khayrallah Center are proud to announce the first in a pair of related screenings of Honor Student Laila Knio’s documentary, THE COMMON LINK, made under the guidance of advisor Devin Orgeron.

The Common Link is a documentary project that that tells the stories of eight individuals living in Lebanon. It features people who have in some way transcended ethnic or religious boundaries to help one another – simply because of the one thing that connects us all: our shared humanity. Laila Knio, a senior Park Scholar born in Lebanon, traveled back to her birthplace to capture and share these stories: a Muslim Sheikh whose family provided flour to a blockaded Christian town during the Civil War; a peace activist; a rescue diver and film-maker; the sole Arab recipient, to date, of the Albert Pierce Medal for Heroism; a Palestinian physician known as the “mother of the poor,” and others. We are too often subjected to negative, destructive images of mankind that mold our perceptions of people and cultures that are unfamiliar to us. Yet we fundamentally have so much in common. A commonality that, if better articulated, may diminish the illusory belief in the differences that divide us.


Middle East and North African Migration Studies Conference

A Time of Crisis: An International Conference

April 21st to  22nd, 2017
Withers Hall, 331

The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host an international scholarly conference considering the problematics of studying human movement to, from, and within the Middle East and North Africa in a time of mass displacement and multiple refugee “crises.”

Registration Required to Attend. Follow this link for more information.

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