Interview with Syrian-American Film Director Elias Matar on the Serbia-Croatian Border


Syrian-American film director, Elias Matar, from Los Angeles has traveled to the Serbian-Croatian border to show solidarity with refugees marching from Greece to Germany. In an interview with WienTV he said,

“My parents come from Syria and for me to see the Syrians coming this way, it’s really painful for me because they struggled a lot in the last 5 years and I see on their faces when they cross these borders, I see the fear in their eyes.”

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Matar was born in California but spent the first 15 years of his life in Syria. He shot his first film in 1973, on Russian 8mm camera during the Syria/Israel war when he was 9 years old.

Matar told WienTV, “I’m here because I really would like the American people to know this is real, this is happening and to have a better consciousness and understanding that we are all humans and this is not some tragedy far away.”

Matar invites Americans from every state to not just donate money to the cause but to come to Europe and do some work on the ground and understand the pain of the refugees.

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