Rethink Rebuild Society is pleased to invite you to
7 Days in Syria
An Evening with Janine di Giovanni
Film Screening, Q&A, and Book Sale
RR Multi-facility room
Unit 7, Longsight Business Park, Manchester, M13 0PD
Sunday 26 November, 7 pm
Please book your free seat through Eventbrite:
The evening will include:
1. A screening of the film:
7 DAYS IN SYRIA (2015)
From the notebooks of Newsweek Middle East Editor, Janine di Giovanni
2. A Q&A with Janine di Giovanni and the film producer Scott Rosenfelt, both on Skype from America
3. A book sale of Janine’s book:
The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria
THE FILM: 7 DAYS IN SYRIA (2015)
Directed by: Robert Rippberger
Runtime: 1h 15min. In English and Arabic with English subtitles.
When fighting broke out in Aleppo in 2012, war journalist Janine di Giovanni applied to Newsweek to cover the war there. The editor rejected her proposal deeming the situation too dangerous. She went anyway.
Filmed in November 2012, 7 Days in Syria is a harrowing look at the human side of war. The film had a private screening at Britain's House of Lords and to senior members of the United Nations.
“Everyone who speaks in our film tries to convey that they are human, that they have lives not too different from ours—studies, jobs, families, pets, interests, homes. This film is a testament to these ordinary people”. (Janine di Giovanni for Newsweek)
“7 Days in Syria gives a window into the lives of families struggling to survive on the frontlines of the Syria conflict. Their courage and resilience shines through in impossible circumstances”. - Angelina Jolie
THE BOOK: THE MORNING THEY CAME FOR US: DISPATCHES FROM SYRIA (2017)
Translated into 18 languages, The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, and an unforgettable testament to human resilience in the face of devastating, unimaginable horrors.
“It is crucial to reveal the human stories behind the news – and in The Morning They Came For Us, di Giovanni does this with heart-breaking eloquence… Her account of Syria is a testimony to the power of empathy, conscience and understanding” – Elif Shafak, Financial Times.
“Reading this book is at once necessary, difficult and elating. Her reporting from the Syrian revolution and war is clear-eyed and engaged in the best sense – engaged in the human realm rather than the abstractly political.... Such reporters as Giovanni, who not only visit but also live (and often die) through wars not their own, are heroic” – Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian.
Copies the book will be on sale for £5.99 (RRP: 16.99)
JANINE DI GIOVANNI
Janine di Giovanni is an author, foreign correspondent, and the former Middle East editor at Newsweek. She is a regular contributor to The Times, Vanity Fair, Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She is a consultant on Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs in New York researching minorities in the Middle East.
Starting her journalism career by covering the First Palestinian Intifada in the late 1980s, she went on to report nearly every violent conflict since then, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Nigeria, to name a few. In 2000, she was one of the few foreign reporters to witness the fall of Grozny, Chechnya.
Di Giovanni has written a number of books including her most recent book on Syria The Morning They Came For Us, and made a number of documentaries.
In 2013, di Giovanni was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world of armed violence by the organization Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). She has won various awards including the Courage in Journalism Award (2016) for her distinguished work in war zones.
Watch Janine’s Ted Talk here:
“Giovanni attended the aftermath of the [Syrian] regime’s August 2012 massacre of at least 300 civilians in Darayya, a suburb west of Damascus. The war correspondent Robert Fisk, she notes, entered Darayya on the same day, embedded with the regime army, and described the rebels as the perpetrators. Giovanni went in with civilians, interviewing locals. None of them corroborated Fisk’s story. Nor did Human Rights Watch, nor Darayya’s local coordination committee. Of course, once Giovanni’s article appeared, her Syrian visa was revoked”. (Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian)