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HUB Film Series: Tomorrow’s Children

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Suggested donation – $10

Tomorrow’s Children follows six Syrian children who escape the war in Aleppo only to become caught in a cycle of child refugee labor in neighboring Turkey.  An official 2018 selection of the Global Peace Film Festival and and the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films.

Join in a moderated panel-led discussion following the film.

Josephine Garnem is the Program Manager for the Gilchrist Immigrant Resources Center for the East County region. She is responsible for developing and managing the basic computer literacy program and acts as the subject matter expert in the field of workforce development for the center.
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Josephine was born in Sierra Leone and has lived in the Middle East, Uganda, Pakistan and Afghanistan before moving to the USA.  She is an experienced community mobilizer and humanitarian professional, with over 20 years of global experience in many places including Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, and in the USA.

Mouhanad Al-Rifay is a Syrian-American award-winning documentary filmmaker, humanitarian, and human rights activist, and the director of Tomorrow’s Children.
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Co-founder of the Syrian-American Network for Aid and Development, Mouhanad is now pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  Seeking political asylum in 2005, Mouhanad’s family came to the United States and settled in Silver Spring.

Sharif Aly is the CEO of Islamic Relief USA, where he oversees humanitarian programs in the areas of disaster response, international relief and development, and domestic social services.
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A resident of Olney, Sharif has over 15 years of experience in a wide range of legal and humanitarian areas, including nonprofit law and management, civil litigation and arbitration, community development and humanitarian sector advocacy. In 2018, the American Red Cross Board of governors appointed him to the organization’s National Diversity Advisory Council.

Jorge Benitez-Perez is a student at Prince George’s Community College, DACA recipient, and proud immigrant from El Salvador. Jorge has been working alongside CASA to advocate for the rights of immigrant communities in Maryland and nationwide.

Liz Sweet serves as Chief of Staff for HIAS, where she leads HIAS’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives while overseeing its global human resources policies and operations. Liz has designed programs and managed staff in the implementation of a range of programs serving immigrants and refugees.
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Prior to her work at HIAS, Liz worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services where she directed the Access to Justice program and managed pilot alternative to detention initiatives. Her work history includes the development of pro bono immigration legal services programs both with HIAS and at the American Bar Association. Her experience includes representation of individual vulnerable immigrants in a range of matters as well as shaping organizations’ roles in systemic litigation and policy work.

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University.  Helen currently lives in Washington, DC, and works full-time as an artist.
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Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab American National Museum in, Michigan, and the DC Art Bank collection.  Helen believes that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas between the Middle East and the United States, and hopes through her work to encourage dialogue and bring understanding and acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the United States.


The Hub for Culture & Democracy is a brand-new space for community building, civic engagement, and social action in Olney-Sandy Spring. The Hub will serve as a unique mid-county center for engagement with contemporary social justice and equity issues, bringing together neighbors, residents, and change-makers from across our diverse community.

This series is brought to you in part by Community Sponsors: Islamic Center of Maryland, Shaare Tefila Congregation, and St. John’s Episcopal Church Olney, and Community Partners: Debbie Amster, Marc Elrich, Josephine Garnem-Torbay, Candace Groudine, Alan Sachs, Adileh Sharieff, and Mahvash Sheikh.

Part two of the series will be on Thursday, June 11 featuring Incompatible Allies. Part three is on Thursday, June 25 featuring Ava DuVernay’s 13th.

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