The International Institute of Akron (IIA), in collaboration with Free Akron Outdoor Movies (FAOM), will host a free showing of the movie “The Good Lie” in honor of World Refugee Day, Friday June 26 at Waters Park in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.
Prior to the film, and starting at 7 p.m., there will be performances from local Bhutanese and Burmese groups, food from Nepali Kitchen and Stray Dog Cart and stories from former refugees who now call Akron home.
Schedule of Events:
7 to 8:30 p.m.: Food from Nepali Kitchen and Stray Dog Cart, entertainment and stories from former refugees
8:30 p.m.: Screening of the film The Good Lie
Featuring Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon as Carrie Davis, “The Good Lie” is a movie about survival, struggle, hope and lasting friendships. Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Seeking safety, they make an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reach a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Years later, these youths are among 3,600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must to make a new life in Kansas City. Together, with the help of their new community and new friends like employment counselor Carrie Davis, these young men strive to adjust to their new culture and make peace with their histories.
This event is free and open to the public. Due to it being an outdoor event, please dress for the weather and insects. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets and/or pillows for sitting. Waters Park is located at Olive Street, off of North Main Street.
Saturday, June 27 is scheduled as the rain date.
The International Institute of Akron welcomes new Americans to Akron to make our community their home. The mission is to contribute to the well-being of our community by creating and implementing programs and services that assist those born outside the United States to integrate into American society. The agency works to promote public awareness of the value of diversity and encourage international communication.
For information, visit www.iiakron.org.