Meghan Mylar, US, 2021
98 min., OmdU
The documentary begins in a country thousands of Syrian refugees risk their lives to reach—Greece. Like other desperate families, Yasmin and her children escaped the civil war in Syria by boat. Although she made it to Greece, she lost her youngest son during the treacherous sea crossing and remains separated from her husband. Samra, a single mother living in Turkey struggles to make a living and considers the difficult decision of placing her children in an orphanage to give them a better life. In the U.S., Omar takes a low-paying delivery job to provide for his younger brother who is traumatized by the past. The documentary highlights the sacrifices and risks refugees take to survive and the deep emotional bonds of family that keeps their hope alive in spite of all obstacles.
To mark World Refugee Day, the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in cooperation to OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna to the United Nations (Vienna) invites you to the Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of the film “Simple as Water”

From a port in Greece, to an orphanage in Turkey, to Germany and the United States, Oscar shortlist documentary Simple As Water provides intimate vignettes into the lives of four Syrian families that have been displaced and separated by over a decade of conflict.

Followed by a panel discussion

Admission free | No bookings taken
Admission is first come, first served | Please come early
FFP2 mask recommended | Accessible for people with a mobility disability