IRAP is excited to announce the launch of Hamsa: A Documentary and Educational Platform! Produced in partnership with FoxWolf Productions and Change.org, the platform revolves around a short documentary about one woman’s flight from Syria to Germany, and presents viewers with an opportunity to meaningfully engage with some of the most pressing issues affecting refugee resettlement and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Viewers can access the film at www.hamsathedocumentary.com, alongside an accompanying interactive curriculum, calls to action, and a Change.org petition. This project’s mission is to reframe mainstream discourse and opinion around the resettlement of refugees. The interactive educational platform features sections covering History, Geography, Definitions, and Celebrated Refugees, and includes graphics illustrating refugee groups particularly at risk, i.e., LGBTI individuals, women, and children. The platform has been designed to engage young people in classrooms and at home.
International petition platform, Change.org has created a movement page that features the documentary and associated petitions that focus on the resettlement of refugees. The page is hosted by IRAP and the starting petition will focus on expediting resettlement through private sponsorship of refugees in America. The website, petition, and film was widely released online on Thursday, April 7th, 2016.
Hamsa is a film by Caroline Spearpoint and Miriam Thom of FoxWolf Productions. The film is free and available for screenings worldwide as part of the #hamsathedocumentary movement. The filmmakers are providing all organizations, individuals, and groups with a package including a letter from Hamsa, posters, and questions to begin a discussion and dialogue following the film.