By Will Espero

The plight of refugees unfolds in Strength Among Us, a short documentary from Turkey directed by Taha Ovaci. Four women impacted by the devastation of war as communities are bombed, relatives and friends killed, and the horrors of war are revealed. The Syrian women flee to Turkey to protect their families and to avoid the destruction in their homeland. 

The trials and tribulations of these women and their children in a new country are uncovered and include language problems, lack of employment, and discrimination. Positive elements such as education, job training, religious involvement, and community dialogue showcase solutions and answers to assist families with their transition to improve their broken lives. 

Hope, solidarity, unity, and harmony come into focus as these refugee women make the necessary adjustments to survive in Turkey and move on from the terror of their past.

Director Taha Ovaci

Taha Ovaci was born in Istanbul in 1995. He’s been involved documentary works in different countries of the world. He continues his undergraduate studies at the Istanbul University, Department of Public Relations and Publicity where he is also studying filmmaking.

Strength Among Us is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!