On Monday, June 26, 2017, PBS POV aired the documentary “Dalya’s Other Country” (74 min), directed by Julia Meltzer (Journeyman Pictures).
In 2012, Dalya, as a teenage girl, came to Los Angeles from Aleppo with an older brother and mother Rudayna.
The family assimilates rather well, and the director afterward says that is one of the main points of the film, to show a family that makes it.
Dalya struggles to get into college. Her older brother adapts as a technology person, speaking perfect English and assimilating as a westernized young man while practicing prayers and diet a home. Rydayna resents her husband’s polygamy. Her husband comes to visit and live in LA for a while, before going back to Turkey. At one point, the husband gives an interesting account of the Muslim account of the afterlife (which happens at the end of time).
There is discussion of the wearing of the hijab, and the increasing hostility being stirred up by Donald Trump’s populist campaign. Dayla turns 18 on Nov. 7, 2017 and votes on Nov. 8 (I guess having become a citizen).
The feature was followed by the short film “From Damascus to Chicago” (12 min), by Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman. A Syrian refugee family, with DHS supervision and a faith-based group assisting, accommodates to life in Chicago. The daughters learn ballet. But the father develops a lymphoma and has total-body radiation but goes into remission and seems to be doing well at the end.
|Name:||“Dayla’s Other Country“|
|Director, writer:||Julia Meltzer|
|When and how viewed:||PBS POV 2017/6/26|
|Companies:||PBS POV, Journeyman Pictures|
(Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:15 PM EDT)