Film screening is your chance to see Okanagan refugees from Syria

FILE PHOTO - Short interviews with some of the refugees from Syria who now call the Okanagan home will be shown at Rotary Centre for the Arts this Sunday, March 12.

KELOWNA – If you’re curious how some Syrian refugees are adapting to life in Kelowna, a series of short interviews with many of them will be screened at the Rotary Centre for the Arts this weekend.

Taaloo Zorouna is Arabic for "Come Visit With Us.” It is also the title of a series of short interviews with Syrian refugees who have come to the Okanagan to escape the civil war that is ravaging their country.

The project is funded by the Refugee Readiness Fund and focuses one to three minutes on some of those who now call the Okanagan home.

A Facebook event page says the film addresses some of the questions Canadians may have.

Syrian culture and traditions are also discussed as well.

Dorothee Birker helped make the film, which has taken almost a year to compile and edit.

“The clips are casual glimpses into their lives, cover different themes and are meant to share insight into the culture and the experiences of our new neighbours,” she says on Facebook. “I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to get to know some of the amazing people that are making the Okanagan their new home.”

The film will be shown at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 12 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.


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