Documentary Portraying Life in Syrian Refugee Camp to be Shown at UT Feb. 21 Followed by Q-and-A With Filmmakers

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The documentary After Spring, which provides a glimpse into a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, will be screened at The University of Tampa on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Reeves Theater on the second floor of the Vaughn Center. The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with filmmakers Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez at 4 p.m. The event, which is part of the Honors Program symposia series, is free and open to the public.

Executive produced by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, the film follows two refugee families and aid workers at Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees that is gradually evolving into a permanent settlement.

Ching and Martinez both served as directors and producers on the film.

Ching was associate producer and additional editor on the Emmy-nominated documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. She participated in relief efforts post-Hurricane Katrina and made several trips to Sichuan, China, to film testimonials with survivors of the 2008 earthquake.

Martinez was associate producer on Tested, a feature documentary about educational inequality in the New York City public school system. She was a director’s assistant and worked in the assistant director and production departments for various films in New York City. She has spent more than eight years in the Middle East and lived in Damascus, Syria, for four years.

For more information, contact the Honors Program at (813) 257-3545 or

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