Community Events at The Museum

Powerful documentary about Syrian uprising to screen in Saugeen Shores

A powerful new documentary about the early days of the uprising in Syria will be shown in the Bruce Power Theatre on Saturday Dec. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is in some ways a tribute to the community’s role in sponsoring Syrian refugees. The Saugeen Shores Refugee Group is hosting the event, with support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The film, Little Gandhi, is an award-winning look at the role of Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, who became an iconic figure in Syria’s freedom movement for giving flowers and water to troops sent to break up non-violent protests in the town of Daraya, in the early days of the uprising. Matar died in the custody of Syrian security forces in 2011.

The 2015 film was funded by IDRC’s Governance and Justice unit as part of a project on transitional justice with the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies.