On Sunday October 23rd, members of the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the Burlington community gathered at the Vermont International Film Festival to watch the screening of A Syrian Love Story. The event was sponsored by the Vermont Council on World Affairs who organized a reception with Syrian food and a Q&A with the the former US Ambassador to Syria before the film’s screening.
The former US Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014, Robert Ford, spoke on his experiences in Syria and the challenges the country faces today. When asked why he resigned from the position 2014, he said "Why did I quit? Because we wouldn't put more pressure on the Syrian government." With the rise of the civil war in Syria, the then Ambassador Ford was asked to return to the United States in 2012 to protect his safety.
The documentary A Syrian Love Story, follows a Syrian family over the span of five years and their expatriate journey during Syria’s political upheaval. The film intimately reveals the stresses and anxieties the refugee family faced, including a strained marriage, identity crisis, severe depression. In a time where refugee families are seeking asylum in the United States, its message was clear to the audience: that the challenges for refugees continue beyond the violence in their home country.
"The documentary hit me powerfully, the sense of helplessness they felt...something that we should remember when they come to Vermont." Former Ambassador Ford to Syria Vermont International Film Foundation.