October 18, 2017, 5:30 pm - December 5, 2022, 12:31 am


The Middle East Institute
1319 18th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

Join us for the screening of Sahbak ("Friend," 30 mins, 2016), a documentary that explores friendships, relationships, and the resilience of the human spirit against the backdrop of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Randa Slim, MEI Director for Track II Dialogues, and Margaret Warner, PBS News Hour Correspondent, in conversation with Sahbak filmmaker Priyali Sur.

About the Speakers:
Priyali Sur started conceptualizing Sahbak in early 2016 and filmed in Israel, Palestine, and Malta. As a filmmaker and journalist, her work has focused on human rights and gender issues, mostly in conflict regions. She is currently based in Washington, DC, and works as a Social Development Consultant at the World Bank, where she has led several multimedia development communications projects. Sur is from New Delhi, India, where she was a journalist with CNN IBN (India) for almost a decade. As a reporter, she won numerous national journalism awards, including for best investigative report and best television documentary. 

Randa Slim is the director for Track II dialogues at The Middle East Institute and a non-resident fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies Foreign Policy Institute. A former vice president of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, Slim has been a senior program advisor at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a guest scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, a program director at Resolve, Inc, and a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. A long-term practitioner of Track II dialogue and peace-building processes in the Middle East and Central Asia, she is the author of several studies, book chapters, and articles on conflict management, post-conflict peace-building, and Middle East politics.

Margaret Warner is chief foreign affairs correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, reporting on and analyzing U.S. foreign policy and developments at home and abroad. After founding the NewsHour’s overseas reporting unit, she began producing in-depth reports from areas confronting crisis, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, China, and Korea. Her reporting spanned each country’s politics and military conflicts as well as the plight of its women and refugees. She earned an Emmy Award in 2007 for her reporting on Pakistan, and has received the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting from Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Warner joined to the NewsHour in 1993 after nearly two decades as a print reporter at Newsweek magazine and The Wall Street Journal