DAYTON, OHIO – Breaking the Silence About Immigration, a local collaborative project between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Westminster Presbyterian Church, will host four special screenings of two acclaimed short documentaries, “Locked in a Box” and “To Breathe Free”, to call attention to the challenges and issues facing immigrants and refugees today.

 

“To Breathe Free” tells the story of a Syrian refugee family fleeing the war and their journey to a new life in the US. “Locked in a Box” traces the lives of individuals who fled their homelands in search of safety and freedom only to end up in US prisons.

 

The screenings of these two compelling films, free and open to the public, will be held:

Monday, Oct. 2, 7 PM at Goodwill/Easter Seals, hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 PM at Fazle Umar Mosquehosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30 PM hosted at Sinclair Community College (includes panel discussion)

Friday, Oct. 6 – 7 PM hosted at Westminster Presbyterian Church (includes a “Meet the Filmmaker” event, panel discussion and conversation)

Along with the screenings, filmmaker David Barnhart, will attend the events on October 4 and October 6 to participate in panel discussions and meet with the public. Other community events and partnerships are being developed and will be announced as more information is available.

 

For more information or to join the Breaking the Silence About Immigration project, contact Sally Dyer at sbdyer@gmail.com or 937-623-7953 or visit www.facebook.com/PeaceLiteracyDaytonFilmForum.

 

Trailers

“To Breathe Free” Trailer – https://vimeo.com/220709899

“Locked in a Box” Trailer – https://vimeo.com/145351153

 

About the Filmmaker

David Barnhart is an award-winning producer, director, and documentary filmmaker. Barnhart has developed story and documentary film initiatives covering a wide range of human rights topics.

 

About Breaking the Silence About Immigration

Breaking the Silence About Immigration is a collaborative project between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Westminster Presbyterian to highlight the many issues facing immigrants and refugees, and resolve them through peaceful solutions.

 

Contact: Sally Dyer, 937-623-7953, sbdyer@gmail.com