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Megan Mylan

Simple As Water

by Megan Mylan

Simple As Water

Megan Mylan

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Megan Mylan's documentary Simple As Water follows the heartbreaking stories of Syrian families amidst the civil war plaguing their homeland, exploring the power of love, the horrors of violence, and the realities of displacement.

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Simple As Water

by Megan Mylan

Simple As Water

Megan Mylan

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Simple As Water is a narrative-style documentary that weaves the story of four Syrian families together, crafting a patchwork of raw yet simple moments.

Each Syrian family has experienced immense loss during the civil war. They're fighting for their rights, but mostly for their survival, seeking to keep their loved ones safe. Through small glimpses into the families' daily lives, like when a mother and son peel potatoes together and discuss their future, the film unravels its core message: the strength and resilience of family.

Filmmaker Megan Mylan is best known for her award-winning documentary Lost Boys of Sudan. Mylan sheds light upon stories that span time and continents to re-humanize Syrian refugees in the eyes of Western audiences, who at times may forget the families that hide behind the statistics.

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"Our eight-year-old son has to carry the responsibility of a 40-year-old man. You can't come here, and we can't come to you."

Yasmin Al Kadad

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