Paradise Without People Directed
Francesca Trianni Greece / 2019 / 80 minutes World Premiere
In Arabic with subtitles
Times and Venues:
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Francesca Trianni, Loulwa Khoury
Set during the height of Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, Paradise Without People chronicles the harrowing and emotional journey of two Syrian refugee families as they attempt to build a new life for themselves after fleeing their war-torn homeland. Although mothers Taimaa and Nour gave birth at the same hospital in Greece, their quests to seek asylum for their loved ones lead them down radically different paths. Each passing year, their lives bring different joys and challenges, from learning a new language, to coping with social isolation in a foreign culture, and navigating complicated marital strife. Caught between humanitarian and political forces largely out of their control, fate and raw resiliency can determine each family’s chances of success. Directed by Emmy-nominated journalist Francesca Trianni, Paradise Without People brings a glimmer of humanity to an international emergency that is too often simplified into a talking point for today’ s polarized politics. —Avery Davenport
BIO: Francesca Trianni is an Emmy-nominated director and producer at TIME, where she has worked since 2013. She has contributed to many of TIME’s most important stories, and her work won a 2018 World Press Photo award for Innovative Storytelling. Paradise Without People, is Francesca’s debut feature documentary. A native Italian speaker, Francesca graduated with honors from the Columbia Journalism School in New York.
Executive Producer(s): Jonathan Woods, Ian Orefice, Edward Felsenthal
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