Syrian refugee documentary showing Nov. 19

The film Not Who We Are highlights the struggles of five refugee women living in Lebanon.

A documentary film on the lives of Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon will be shown at Duncan United Church on Nov. 19 beginning at 7 p.m.

The film Not Who We Are highlights the struggles of five refugee women living in Lebanon.

“Although these women come from different socio-educational backgrounds, they share the uncertainty of an unstable situation in Lebanon,” said the church’s website. “They share their experiences of displacement and loss, and in the process, their strength and resilience shines through.”

It’s a good lesson on the background of the issues in that part of the world — and a particularly good educational tool as Duncan United and Mill Bay Baptist churches are sponsoring two families from that region.

The families, in similar circumstances to those in the film, will be arriving in the Cowichan Valley within months.

Admission to the film is by donation.

The refugee sponsorship organizing group (made up of folk from Duncan United Church; St. John’s Anglican — Cobble Hill, Shawnigan School and others) met at Duncan United Church on Nov. 12 to update their plans to receive one of the families. They are expected to arrive before the end of December and much work needs to be done to prepare.