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Paradise Without People

Director: Francesca Trianni
Documentary Features :: Voices
Running Time:76:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
7:15 PM EST
Wednesday, November 13
Thalian Black
1:15 PM EST
Saturday, November 16
Jengo's Playhouse

Producer/Cinematographer: Francesca Trianni
Producers: Jonathan Woods, Justine Simons, Lynsey Addario, Aryn Baker

During the height of Europe’s refugee crisis, two Syrian women give birth in the same Greek hospital. They share the same dream, to raise their children away from war. But their lives take an unexpected turn, as they navigate motherhood and marriage while seeking asylum. Follow along as they slowly move their way through the bureaucratic nightmare of being without a country to call home. Emmy nominated journalist Francesca Trianni’s revealing doc is an emotional ride through the small victories, the intimate joys, and the many setbacks of being a refugee.


Francesca Trianni is a staff video producer and director at TIME magazine. Francesca produced, filmed and reported Finding Home: a year-long multimedia interactive on the Syrian refugee crisis told through the lives of three babies: Rahaf, Heln, and Faraj. Finding Home won the top prize at the 2018 World Press Photo contest for Innovative Storytelling, a National Murrow Award and an Emmy nomination. A native Italian speaker, Trianni graduated with honors from the Columbia Journalism School in New York.

Screening with:
Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not Native Is A Lot Like Telling A Bear You’re A Bear When You’re Not A Bear
Director: Joey Clift / 2:02
An animated informational video explaining that telling people you’re Native American when you’re not Native is a lot like telling a bear you’re a bear when you’re not a bear.