Film Screening & Discussion: 82 Names: Syria, Please Don’t Forget Us

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See the Connecticut premier of 82 Names: Syria, Please Don’t Forget Us, a documentary film about Mansour Omari, a refugee of torture and imprisonment in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria. In the film, Omari, living in exile, reflects on bringing attention to the brutal regime he escaped from, visiting Holocaust memorials in Germany to learn about the importance of preserving the past and countering extremist ideology. 82 Names is a powerful story of how one man risked his life to document atrocity crimes and bring that evidence to the world. Register online.

Location: Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road

The screening will be followed by a conversation moderated by Jill Savitt,  acting director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide with Rafif Jouejati, co-founder and director of FREE-Syria, and Mina Abdelmalak, Arabic Audience Outreach Specialist, Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rafif Jouejati is the co-founder and Director of FREE-Syria. A management consultant by profession, she joined the Syrian revolution in 2011. She is involved with several organizations, such as the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), The Day After Project, and Baytna-Syria . Rafif is also active in the Syrian women’s movement and advanced a charter demanding 50% representation of women in every aspect of Syria’s governance. She upholds a commitment to women’s equality as an integral part of human rights.

Mina Abdelmalak is the Arabic Outreach Specialist for the Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism. Born and raised in Egypt, he received a law degree from Ain Shams University. He also studied non-violence and advocacy strategies at the Arab Academy for Non-Violence Studies in Lebanon. Mina also worked as a legal researcher for the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY), a Cairo-based non-profit organization, which promotes classic liberalism among Egyptian youth.

Jill Savitt is acting director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. Jill is a human rights advocate with expertise in genocide prevention and strategic communications and advocacy campaigns on human rights issues. Since 2010, Jill has been a special advisor to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and a guest curator for the Museum’s Wexner Center, which presents exhibitions about issues with contemporary relevance to the Holocaust. Savitt founded and directed Dream for Darfur, an advocacy campaign that pressed the Chinese government to take specific actions regarding the Darfur crisis in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Games. 

82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us is a co-production of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Maziar Bahari.

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit

Sponsors: Cohen & Wolf

Community Partners: TCS-The Conservative Synagogue; The Syria Fund and Temple Israel; Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston; Immigration & Refugee Outreach, The Unitarian Church in Westport; The Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy Association; Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County; Conecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants





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