On Thursday, May 4, The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility in collaboration with USA for UNHCR and difrent:, will host the borderless Refugee Crisis premiere. The event will celebrate the launch of borderless (https://thisisborderless.com/) (@isborderless), a new media initiative designed to connect people at the frontlines of the world’s pressing crises, the premiere of the borderless migration crisis episode and a panel discussion with Ninette Kelley, Director of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in New York; Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School; and Lara Setrakian, CEO of News Deeply (tbc) along with an introduction and musical performance by borderless’ host Stephan Said, with reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can RSVP here.
When: Thursday, May 4th, 2017 from 6pm – 7:30pm
Where: The New School’s Wollman Hall (65 W. 11th St., Rm. B500, NYC).
borderless is a documentary series and digital platform following musician-activist Stephan Said as he travels the globe, engaging with individuals at the frontlines of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises. Along the way, he discovers stories of courage and creativity in the face of inequality, conflict, poverty, extremism, global warming and more, using media to connect movements, people, and knowledge, and making music everywhere he goes. The first 30-minute episode of borderless takes the audience to heart of the global refugee crisis, focusing on refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and more. Said goes from official to unofficial camps and squats across Greece where he hears stories of people fleeing Assad, ISIS, repressive regimes and war, and meets with relief workers from the UNHCR to MSF, the European Commission to anarchist youth running radio stations from camps. He performs with Kurdish minstrels, Syrian rap artists, refugee children, and makes a music video live in camps for his song “No More Lines,” which was released live from camps on World Refugee Day.
The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility provides a space for research and scholarship, policy debate, and discussion with activists and artists around issues of global migration and mobility, their economic impact, political consequences and their meaning for issues of citizenship and identity.