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After Spring 2016

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Tugg, Inc., 855-321-8844
Produced by Jon Stewart and Chris McShane
Directed by Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez
DVD, color, 88 min.

High School - General Adult
Politics, War, Middle East, Syrian Refugee Crisis

Date Entered: 09/29/2017

Reviewed by Lara Herzellah, Research and Information Literacy Librarian, Daniel A. Reed Library, State University of New York at Fredonia

The Zaatari Refugee Camp was built in 2012. It houses over 80,000 people, and is now considered the fourth largest city in Jordan. After Spring tells the stories of some of the Zaatari Camp residents. Using home movies, interviews and news footage, it highlights the contrast of life in Syria from before the revolution to 2016. The residents’ yearning to return home and the heart break of knowing they can’t is palpable. This film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and reviewers there said it “puts a very human face on the refugee crisis,” which couldn’t be more true. As a viewer, I found myself in tears at some of the more poignant moments.

After Spring should be seen by everyone, so that it may increase awareness and understanding about the refugee crisis and the hardships the residents have been forced to go through. It is highly recommended for any high school to academic library or classroom.