Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East and director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program at the Baker Institute, commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising with a discussion of “For Sama,” an Oscar-nominated documentary from Waad al-Kateab about life under siege in wartime Aleppo. Norman was joined by Sana Mustafa, associate director of partnerships and engagement at Asylum Access, an international organization that works to challenge the legal barriers that prevent refugees from living safely, moving freely, working or attending school.
Norman and Mustafa discussed al-Kateab’s making of the film, women’s agency and courage during conflict, and the impossible choice of staying in a war zone versus fleeing abroad to an uncertain future for the sake of one’s children. Attendees had the opportunity to view “For Sama” before the event, and the discussion also featured a short clip from the film.
12:00 pm — Presentation
12:30 pm — Discussion/Q&A
Associate Director of Partnerships and Engagement, Asylum Access
Kelsey Norman, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East;
Director, Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, Baker Institute