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Syrian film screening fundraiser

  • Anticafé Louvre 10 Rue de Richelieu Paris, Île-de-France, 75001 France (map)

A voice for Syrian refugees 

Watanili will be showcasing Basil, a ground-breaking short arts film by Syrian director Adnan Jetto. It documents some of the creative education projects that Watanili has run with Syrian refugee children on the Turkey-Syria border. Basil (a plant that blossoms to reach its full growth) strives to show the creativity and enduring human spirit of Syrian children. When given the opportunity, these young refugees still have that war-defying hope and courage to rebuild. It’s a heartwarming film that we hope will inspire people to consider the bright future that is possible for Syria.


Watanili is a grassroots charity organisation, registered in Paris under 'the association loi 1901', dedicated to providing support for displaced Syrians through arts therapy, educational programmes, and community orientated projects.

A number of our initiatives have been financially supported by individual people, crowdfunding campaigns, art events, the British Council and HIVOS. Our focus is primarily on creative education and community building.

Watanili’s most recent project is a small learning centre, Makani (‘My Place’ in Arabic), encompassing over 52 Syrian refugees, providing them with access to literacy, numeracy, arts and crafts and more. Read more about the Makani centre here.


Ticket entrance : 25 euros including snacks and fresh drinks.
All proceeds from this event go to support Makani.

It's always more fun when you come with friends. So, bring them all! There will be mini-cakes, coffee, tea, fresh drinks, salad, chips and more.

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Earlier Event: June 24
Fête de la musique !
Later Event: June 25
Lecture et dédicace !