Moderator: Susanna Chui-yung Cheung (張翠容), war correspondent and international affairs commentator
Sari's Mother (2006) | James Longley | USA | 21 min | Arabic and Kurdish with English subtitles
Sari's Mother tells the story of a mother in Iraq who tries to find medical care for her 10-year-old son Sari. He contracted AIDS during a blood transfusion and is tormented by pain and fatigue. The labyrinth of Iraqi health care is unfathomable, and Sari's mother gets sent around in circles. The war and the terror make it hard to determine who she can and cannot trust. But Sari's mother is convinced that her son deserves the best possible care, so she persists. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
James Longley will also be showing a work-in-progress film on Afghanistan.
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About the filmmaker
James Longley is a filmmaker whose intimate portraits of people in politically volatile countries in the Middle East are deepening our understanding of the historical and cultural dimensions of the region’s conflicts. For his low-budget, self-financed films, Longley lives among ordinary families, gaining access to people in places rarely chronicled on film by Westerners. He was nomiated for the Academy Award® for Iraq in Fragments(2006) and Sari's Mother (2006).