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NOTES ON DISPLACEMENT — a Montreal premiere with director Khaled Jarrar in attendance

Date & time
Monday, April 3, 2023
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Director Khaled Jarrar


This event is free


Ourania Nima


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room H110

Wheel chair accessible


Join Cinema Politica Concordia for the Montreal premiere of NOTES ON DISPLACEMENT followed by a Q&A with director Khaled Jarrar and moderated by Osama Mousa.

This crucial documentary captures the grueling journey of a Syrian family escaping war and traversing hostile and unforgiving lands is captured with tenderness and palpable struggle.

About the film


Khaled Jarrar / Germany, Palestine, Qatar / 2022 / 1h40m / Arabic

The news is full of images of overcrowded boats and vast tent camps. But how much do we really know about what refugees are going through? Notes on Displacement takes a deep dive by following a single family on a grueling journey, destination Germany. Their fear, disorientation, and solidarity is palpable.

Nadira, an elderly Palestinian, has been a refugee since the age of 12. And now she has to leave Damascus, too. She and her daughter Mona feared for their lives there, but the idea of a safe existence elsewhere is a distant dream. Filmmaker Khaled Jarrar receives unsettling videos and voice messages as they cross to the Greek island of Lesbos. He joins them there, on the long road to a better life.

Jarrar has his personal reasons for going through this experience in order to eliminate, in his own images, the distance so dominant in Western media coverage. He worms his way through the thronging crowds, gets lost in the night with his group, discovers how dangerous language barriers can be, and wanders around in the dehumanizing camps. And in a sense he—along with the viewer — becomes a true member of this family.

Event details

This event is co-sponsored by the Concordia Student Union and co-presented by les Regards Syrians, Maktaba Bookshop, and Academics For Palestine-Concordia.

Admission is by donation ($5-10 suggested).

The venue is wheelchair accessible. In order to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, wearing a mask at Cinema Politica Concordia events is strongly recommended.

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