Simple as Water in Detroit

Simple As Water – Detroit Institute of Art

Please join us on September 14 at the Detroit Institute of Art for a free screening of the award-winning documentary Simple as Water.

More cities and tour dates to follow!

AFMI is partnering with Principe Productions to share Simple as Water with audiences around the country. If you’re interested in bringing the film to your city or organization, please be in touch with Jasmin Younis –

Epic in scope, but intimate in feel SIMPLE AS WATER is a meditation on the elemental bonds between parent and child from Academy Award-winner Megan Mylan (Lost Boys of Sudan, Smile Pinki.)

A masterful look at the impact of war, separation and displacement, SIMPLE AS WATER takes us into Syrian families’ quests for normalcy and through the whirlwind of obstacles—to building life anew. Filmed in Turkey, Greece, Germany, Syria and the US, Mylan’s sensitive camera reifies the universal importance of family.

SIMPLE AS WATER is a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was Shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Documentary, and nominated for PGA, IDA, Emmy and Peabody Awards.

“Anything but simple, manages to surprise and stun … Filmed with ambitious scope and devastating intimacy.” —NY Times Critic’s Pick

“Simple as Water is a magnificent film! As a Syrian filmmaker and a Syrian, it left a huge impact in my heart and my memory. When people look after 20 years, when they ask and want to think about the Syrian immigrants or the Syrian exodus, we can say, “Go and watch Simple as Water.” —Talal Derki, filmmaker, Oscar nominee Of Fathers and Sons



Sep 14 2023


7:00 pm

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Detroit Film Theatre
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202


Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI)
Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI)

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Principe Productions
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