Sun Aug 11, 3 pm: The Suffering Grasses – Syria’s Revolution and Civil War

“The Suffering Grasses” Trailer from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

A free, open to the public screening of the 1-hour long documentary film THE SUFFERING GRASSES: When Elephants Fight, It is the Grass that Suffers, directed by Iara Lee. Discussion to follow.

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 3:00 pm, Headquarters Library, 823 Telfair St., Augusta, GA 30901, 3:00 pm. Ground floor, turn to the right before going through the book detectors at the library’s entrance. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook & Share

Over a year later, with thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, NATO’s toppling of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire of the hegemons, we seek to unravel the conflict by exploring the motivations of its actors—the Ba’athist regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Free Syrian Army and other geopolitical players like the United States, Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, the Gulf countries… When elephants go to war, it is the grass thatsuffers. This is a film about the elephants, but made for the grasses.

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