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One Journey Refugee Film Screening: 4.1 Miles & From Damascus to Chicago

  • Garrett Hall 235 McCormick Road Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA (map)

One Journey Refugee Film Screening: 4.1 Miles & From Damascus to Chicago



Please join us for the our last of our three-part film series about the global refugee crisis —its tragic scale and impact. We are screening 2 short documentaries showing the difficulties of displacement caused from the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

4.1 Miles is an Oscar-nominated documentary that follows a day in the life of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard who is caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. Follow his journey on how he and his crew are working to save thousands of refugees from drowning in the Aegean Sea.

Our second film From Damascus to Chicago shows the life of two young Syrian siblings who were resettled in Chicago. The documentary follows their family's experiences in navigating a new city and country.

Our screening will be complemented by a panel of experts. Given Charlottesville's large refugee population, our panelists will be discussing not only the challenges that refugees face, but the contributions that they make to the places they settle. Panelists will share their stories from their experiences to create a world where refugees and other displaced people are welcomed, valued, and supported so they and their host communities can thrive together.


Christine Mahoney (Moderator) - Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Director of Social Entrepreneurship @ UVA
Tim Cunningham - Assistant Professor Of Nursing & Director Of The Compassionate Care Initiative @ UVA

Matt Tully - UVA Batten School alumnus, former Bridging the Gap volunteer, and One Journey Festival Soccer Event Coordinator


5:30-6:00 - Arrivals, food provided by CAVA, and an introduction from Wendy Chan, co-founder of the One Journey Festival

6:00-6:50 - Film screenings: 4.1 Miles and From Damascus to Chicago, with remarks from UVA student and IRC Charlottesville volunteer Anya Karaman

6:50-7:30 - Panel discussion moderated by Christine Mahoney.

7:30-8:00 - Attendees will be able to walk around to visit with tables set up on the perimeter of the Great Hall featuring different refugee organizations at UVA and throughout Charlottesville. Attendees will be able to learn more about what these groups do and how they might be able to get involved.