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UNIC Beirut screens "The Crossing" movie as part of “Together” Campaign

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28 February 2018
UNIC Beirut screens "The Crossing" movie as part of “Together” Campaign
The United Nations Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut) and local NGO Assabil screened the movie “The Crossing” by George Kurian, at the Beirut Municipality Public Library, in the presence of dozens of relevant stakeholders and viewers. The film, which was presented in partnership with the Municipality of Beirut, is part of a series of activities carried out by UNIC Beirut and Assabil as part of their partnership launched last September.

The movie revolves around the perilous journey made by a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries in search for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost, which is hope. They make it to Europe, only to find out the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead.

Speaking after the screening, Public Relations Officer at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in North Lebanon, Khaled Kabbara explained to participants the definitions of "immigrant" and "refugee," and the nuanced differences between them. He also gave a brief about UNHCR's work in Lebanon and the services it provides. Kabbara spoke about the difficulties and dangers faced by refugees fleeing their country and the United Nations “Together” campaign to promote respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants.

UNIC Beirut had launched a one-year partnership with NGO “Assabil”, which falls under SDGs 4 and 17 on education and partnerships. The partnership entails implementing several activities throughout the year such as educational courses on the SDGs, “Together” campaign, and culture of peace for students and schools visiting Assabil libraries, in addition to movie screenings and book reviews on UN work and priorities. UNIC Beirut and Assabil will also organize events around UN International Days, including International Women's Day (8 March), World Book and Copyright Day (23 April), and UN Arabic Language Day (18 December), among others.