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Le Moyne College Hosts Screening of Documentary about Syria

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … What is it like to live in an “evil” country, as described by the Bush Administration in 2002? For three years, director Jean Marie Offenbacher worked to reverse American stereotypes of Syrians during the making of “Tea on the Axis of Evil,” winner of the Noor Award for “Outstanding Documentary” at the Arab Film Festival in 2009.

Le Moyne College will host a screening of Offenbacher’s documentary on Friday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m. in 244 Reilly Hall.

“When Syria was admitted to the ‘Axis of Evil,’ I decided to move there, alone, to record ordinary life and create a document to stimulate healthy curiosity about this Arab community to counter the vilification that dominated the media and White House rhetoric,” says Offenbacher.

A question-and-answer session with the director will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies, communications and film studies, gender and women’s studies, religious studies and the film program. For more information, call (315) 445-4294.

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posted on: 10/18/2010