United Nations to feature FRONTLINE’s “Children of Syria” on Aug. 19


August 16, 2016
Anne Husted Manager, Public Relations & Communications, FRONTLINE

This week, the United Nations (U.N.) will hold a special event commemorating World Humanitarian Day – and the refugee family at the heart of FRONTLINE’s 2016 documentary Children of Syria will be featured guests.

Held in the U.N.’s General Assembly Hall on Friday, August 19, from 7-9 p.m. EST (and streaming live online below at that time), the annual event recognizes the U.N.’s World Humanitarian Day, which honors individuals who devote their lives to helping those in need around the world.

Watch here on August 19 at 7 p.m. EST:

This year’s theme,  “One Humanity,” will include four excerpts from FRONTLINE’s Children of Syria, filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen’s stirring 2016 documentary that traces the tumultuous journey of Hala Kamil and her four children from war-torn Aleppo to a new life in Germany.

The entire family will be in attendance at the event — which will culminate with Hala offering a message of hope to the world.

“This is an extraordinary testament to the power of documentary storytelling,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath. “We’re proud to have brought the unforgettable story of Hala and her children to the American public, and thrilled that the film and the family will have such a powerful presence before the U.N. General Assembly.”

“Following the Kassmou family on their journey from Syria to Germany has changed my life,” says Mettelsiefen, who chronicled the family’s struggle to live through the Assad regime’s siege of their city, the devastating kidnapping of their father, and their journey to begin their new lives as refugees in Germany. “The family was so generous in how they opened up to me and shared their lives, fears and dreams, and I’m so honored to share their story through this film.”

When Children of Syria aired on FRONTLINE, Newsweek called the film “deeply moving,” and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour called it “extraordinary,” saying it gives “a dramatically different dimension to what we think we know about this war.”

The United Nations will live-stream the World Humanitarian Day event. U.N. officials and numerous foreign dignitaries will be in attendance, and celebrities including Alisan Porter (2016 winner of The Voice), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Tudors) and Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will also participate in the evening’s program.

Watch FRONTLINE’s Children of Syria below: