UA Little Rock to host screening on Syrian Civil War, Q&A with Syrian activist Mouaz Moustafa

Razan Shahab-al-Sham (left) and Mouaz Moustafa deliver mattresses and blankets to Syrian refugees taking shelter in Hacipasa, a village on the Turkish-Syrian border. Photo provided by Spark Media.

In coordination with Arkansas Peace Week, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Middle Eastern Studies Program will host a screening of the film, “Red Lines,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Student Services Center Room 104.

The movie follows two young Syrian activists, Mouaz Moustafa and Razan Shahab-al-Sham, who wish to bring democracy to their country during the deadly Syrian Civil War. It also discusses the growth of the Syrian Emergency Task Force during the early years of the Syrian Civil War.

One of the activists featured in the documentary is Mouaz Moustafa, a Syrian-American who grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. He is the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, political director for United For a Free Syria, and a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria.

In the film’s synopsis, Moustafa is described as an activist who becomes a “primary source for intel carrying dire implications.” He struggles to find external support before the Syrian conflict spreads to neighboring countries and destabilizes the region.

After the screening, Moustafa will discuss the course of the Syrian Civil War since the film’s release in 2014 and his continuing work with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which he joined in 2011 to help advocate on behalf of the pro-democracy movement in Syria. The organization also raises awareness on the plight of the Syrian people inflicted through the ongoing civil war.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm at 501.683.7029 or ejwiebelhaus@ualr.edu.

In the upper right photo, Razan Shahab-al-Sham (left) and Mouaz Moustafa (right) deliver mattresses and blankets to Syrian refugees taking shelter in Hacipasa, a village on the Turkish-Syrian border. Photo provided by Spark Media. 

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