The English Department, Film Studies, The University Honors Program and the Khayrallah Center are proud to announce the first in a pair of related screenings of University Honors Program Student Laila Knio’s documentary, THE COMMON LINK, made under the guidance of advisor Devin Orgeron. This screening was held in the Honors Commons Building multipurpose room on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
The Common Link is a documentary project that that tells the stories of eight individuals living in Lebanon. It features people who have in some way transcended ethnic or religious boundaries to help one another – simply because of the one thing that connects us all: our shared humanity. Laila Knio, a senior University Honors Program and Park Scholar born in Lebanon, traveled back to her birthplace to capture and share these stories: a Muslim Sheikh whose family provided flour to a blockaded Christian town during the Civil War; a peace activist; a rescue diver and film-maker; the sole Arab recipient, to date, of the Albert Pierce Medal for Heroism; a Palestinian physician known as the “mother of the poor,” and others. We are too often subjected to negative, destructive images of mankind that mold our perceptions of people and cultures that are unfamiliar to us. Yet we fundamentally have so much in common. A commonality that, if better articulated, may diminish the illusory belief in the differences that divide us.