Human Rights Club to host screening, Q&A with filmmaker of 'Our Last Stand' Feb. 28
The piercing images still haunt recesses of the mind. Omran Daqneesh, bloodied and caked with dust, waiting alone to be treated in an Aleppo ambulance. Yet the images keep on coming out of Iraq, Syria and other places under constant threat of civil war and ISIS agitation. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, members of our Human Rights Club invite you to join them in watching some of these images, and then partake in a Q&A with the filmmaker activist.
Helma Adde teaches fourth grade at Birchwood Elementary School in Long Island. Born in Chicago, her upbringing was always tightly wound around her Assyrian heritage. During the commemorative centennial year of the Assyrian Genocide that took place during World War I, Adde participated in a project that took her all the way back to her roots in the Assyrian homeland.
In July of 2015, she journeyed to Northern Iraq and Southeastern Syria to film a documentary that aims to reveal the plight of Assyrians struggling to survive under the threat of modern-day genocide. The documentary, "Our Last Stand," was released in 2016. Since then, she has been hosting screenings as political and educational institutions across the country to create awareness and inspire policy makers to make decisions for the betterment of Assyrians in the Middle East.
One such screening of the documentary that the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival dubbed "powerful and important," will be hosted by the Iona Preparatory Human Rights Club on Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Heffernan Gymnasium at Iona Preparatory Upper School. Afterward, Adde will field questions from the audience.
Senior Matthew Multari, who has been instrumental in bringing the screening to Iona Prep, will introduce Adde and provide context on some of the advocacy issues the Human Rights Club has been undertaking.