by Greta Yeoman
Timaru will get a special screening of a Lebanese Oscar-entry film next month.
South Canterbury refugee advocacy group Syria’s Forgotten Families will host a one-off screening of The Insult on September 4, which will also be a fundraising event for the group.
The Insult, a Lebanese courtroom drama, is about how a trivial, personal conflict explodes into something much larger, a drama that consumes a city and a nation.
The film explores a conflict between two men, one a right-wing Christian and the other a Palestinian, but also looks at the wider contemporary culture in Lebanon and the large-scale social divisions that infect even the most banal daily interactions in the Middle East.
The film has been playing in other locations as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival, which has co-ordinated the event after the end of Timaru’s film festival screenings.
Group member Jayne Blakemore, who is also part of the Timaru Film Society, said funds raised from the film event would go towards providing the basics of a small kitchen garden to Syrian refugee families living in a refugee camp.
“This can change their lives dramatically. Growing vegetables and flowers can restore dignity and beauty to people who have lost hope.”
She said the gardens could provide extra income and extra food for the family, as well as a “huge boost” in mental wellbeing.