SIMPLE AS WATER Documentaries Virtual Screenings


Talent attending in-person screening: Megan Mylan (Director), Robin Hessman (Producer), Steven Schulman (Cast), Abed Sabha (Cast), Omar Sabha (Cast).

The impact of humanitarian crises knows no real borders. The Syrian civil war has devastated its people, causing refugees to migrate far and wide in efforts to survive. Academy Award®-winning director Megan Mylan (LOST BOYS OF SUDAN; SMILE PINKI) documents just a handful of the courageous families affected by the conflict and the efforts to rebuild their lives in new surroundings. From Germany, Greece, Turkey and across the ocean to America, these families dream for a better future far away from the traumas caused in their homeland and endured during their treacherous journeys. SIMPLE AS WATER puts faces to a catastrophe that is often too extreme to put into any words.- Eric Moore

Megan Mylan creates intimate, observational films on complex global issues. She won an Academy Award® for her documentary SMILE PINKI and a Film Independent Spirit Award for LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, which was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Mylan received a Guggenheim Fellowship and multiple Emmy® nominations. She served for several years on the Executive Committee for Documentary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Megan Mylan

Producers: Robin Hessman, Megan Mylan

Executive Producers: Susan Bay Nimoy, G. Barrie Landry

Directors of Photography: Lars Skree, Rafia Salameh, Michael Chin

Editors: Purcell Carson, Megan Mylan

Music: Hanan Townshend

Cast/Featuring: Yasmin Al Kadad, Samra Abo Ghanooj, Omar Sabha, Abdulrahman Sabha, Diaa, Safwan Al Kadad

Running Time (minutes): 98

Language: Arabic and English