The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Stories Beyond the Headlines

Galvanize Action in Your Community by hosting A Film Screening

Course Details

  • Price: FREE
  • Start Date: On Demand
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Partner: Living on One, 1001 MEDIA

What You’ll Learn:

  • Uncover the stories of individual refugees affected by the crisis in Syria
  • Host a film screening and discussion to galvanize community engagement with the refugee crisis
  • Gain a better understanding of the organizations you can get involved with


Since the Syrian Civil War erupted in 2011, millions of Syrians have fled their homes. Due to the scale and complexity of this humanitarian crisis, many of us still struggle to grasp the human reality beyond the news reports.

We teamed up with the filmmakers from Living on One and 1001 MEDIA to bring you this Discussion Toolkit to challenge all of us to go beyond the headlines and learn about the individuals and families in the Za’atari refugee camp. The award winning documentary film, Salam Neighbor, will serve as a jumping off point to discuss the complexities of the crisis. Through the film’s immersive storytelling, you’ll hear from the refugees themselves and walk away with a greater appreciation of how we are interconnected as neighbors. By the end of the course, you will gain a better understanding of the crisis as well as the actions you can take.


Discussion-Based Course

Course Syllabus

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  • Step-by-step facilitator’s guide and background materials that will equip you to host a small group of friends or colleagues for a film screening and discussion
Section 1: Facilitator’s Prep
  • Video: Message from the Filmmakers
  • Activity: Pre-Meeting Checklist
Section 2: Individual Prep
  • Activity: Introduce Yourself to the Course Community
  • Activity: Introduce Yourself to the Course Community
  • Reading: Context on the Crisis
Section 3: Film Screening
  • Reading: Facilitation Notes for the Film Screening
  • Activity: Screen the Film
  • Activity: Discussion Guide
  • Activity: Mind Map
  • Activity: Build a More Welcoming World Exercise
  • Activity: Next Steps Checklist
  • Reading: Case Studies of Change Agents that Inspire Us
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Do I get a certificate for this course?
You will earn a Statement of Accomplishment if you complete 5 of 6 assignments, including the final assignment, by the last day of the course.
How do teams work?
We recommend you find friends or colleagues for your team that you can meet with in person each week. Each team member should register for the course individually. You’ll then be able to form your team on the NovoEd platform once the course begins.
Do I have to complete the course with a team?
While we believe taking the course with a team will give you the best experience and chance of completing the course, it is possible to complete the course individually if you wish.
What should I expect from the assignments?
You will create a Life Map, develop your own personal story, integrate it into a larger presentation, and record your presentation for feedback from your classmates. You should allocate at least one hour a week to complete each assignment.

Supported By

1001 MEDIA uses the power of film to introduce an element of humanity to a highly publicized and polarizing part of the world where negative images in the media have built damaging and untrue stereotypes of Arabs. They aim to challenge a global audience to re-think their current perceptions of the Arab world through dialogue.

Living on One is a production and social impact studio that creates films and educational videos to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues.

What People Are Saying

Veronica Polinedrio, Co-Founder of the Welcome Card

"It is a very interesting and relevant topic, and I would recommend it specifically for those who are having a hard time grasping the situation."

Veronica Polinedrio