Simple as Water in Detroit

Simple As Water – Notre Dame, IN

Omar Sabha, whose story is featured in the film, will be participating in the Q&A after the film screening (via Zoom)!

Please join us on Sunday NOVEMBER 5 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for a special 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 –

Immerse yourself in the power of storytelling as we explore the lives of refugees through this thought-provoking documentary. This in-person event promises to be an enlightening experience, shedding light on the resilience and strength of those seeking a new beginning. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the stories that remind us of the shared humanity we all possess.

Directed by Oscar-winning director Megan Mylan, Simple As Water provides a profound insight into the repercussions of war, separation, and displacement. Through the film, audiences are given a front-row seat to the resilient journeys of Syrian families as they navigate a maze of challenges, striving to find a semblance of normalcy. Spanning countries like Turkey, Greece, Germany, Syria, and the US, Mylan’s empathetic approach beautifully emphasizes the enduring bond between parent and child, a connection that remains unbroken even in the harshest of circumstances.

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



Nov 05 2023


Eastern Time
4:00 pm

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DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
100 Performing Arts Center Notre Dame, IN 46556


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

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Principe Productions
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