Wajd: Songs of Separation is screening at North Island College in Courtenay Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Documentary addresses role music plays in the lives of refugees

Wajd: Songs of Separation screening at North Island College in Courtenay

After the trauma and dislocation of the war in Syria, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal?

The documentary, Wajd: Songs of Separation looks at the important role music plays in the lives of refugees. The film will screen on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay as part of World Community’s Film Series.

Wajd: Songs of Separation introduces us to three men—Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamad—all talented musicians, who are re-assembling their lives in Turkey and Holland while they await uncertain futures. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning.

Footage of their daily lives is woven together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of pre-war Syria.

The film is a moving testament to both the heartbreak and loss of war and the resilience of individuals. It is a beautiful meditation on the healing and life-affirming power of music and creative expression.

Admission is by donation. Advisory: some scenes of war. FMI: 250-337 5412

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