Community Event

Community Event – Evening of April 7th 

Beginning in Main Street Park at 5:30 PM, we will gather and walk in solidarity with a commitment to address pressing global issues. We will arrive at 6:00 at the Paramount Theater, 30 Center Street, for the free, public screening of Salam Neighbor, a documentary film portraying life in a Syrian refugee camp.  The producer/director Zach Ingrasci will be available for questions after the film.

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About the filmmakers:

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on one dollar a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are pioneering a new style of documentary film-making, using immersive storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues. So far, their work has raised over $490,000 directly for micro-finance loans, education scholarships, and refugee services around the world. The two young men bring a unique development perspective to their films, having worked for five different micro-finance organizations (combined) including Deloitte Consulting and Global Health Strategies.

Chris and Zach produced, directed, and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar, which shot to #1 on iTunes for documentaries, reached the top banner on Netflix and won multiple awards at international film festivals.

Their newest film Salam Neighbor world premiered at AFI DOCS Film Festival in June 2015 on World Refugee Day. The film follows Chris and Zach’s experience while embedded in a Syrian refugee camp to provide an in-depth perspective into the daily hardships and hopes of Syrian refugees. They are the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to be registered and given a tent in a refugee camp anywhere in the world.

Since graduating from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, Chris and Zach have given speeches at the United Nations, TEDx Buenos Aires, and over 50 universities, high schools, and conferences. They have appeared on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, Beast TV, and Huffpost Live and their work has been featured in major international publications including the Associated Press, The Huffington Post and Variety.

They were internationally recognized as two of the Top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by WPO/YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine.

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