The Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library will present a film series titled Refugees and Global Migration in connection with the 30th Camden Conference, which will focus on the same theme. The screenings will take place over three Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, at 2 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The events are free and open to all.

The first film in the series, Nov. 5, is “Salam Neighbor” (2015, USA/Jordan/Syria). The documentary’s title translates to “Hello, neighbor” and has a dual meaning, as the Arabic word “salam” also means “peace.”

The film documents the experiences of American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple when they lived among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, seven miles from the Syrian border. The filmmakers, who were the first allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, spent a month in Za’atari to cover what the UN Refugee Agency calls the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis.

The second film in the series, “Dreaming of Denmark” (2015, Denmark/Italy) will be shown Nov. 12. Director Michael Graversen follows the fate of one young boy on the shady side of European society. Wasiullah hangs out with his friends, cracks jokes, takes selfies and flirts with girls; Denmark has become his home, after he arrived alone as a young boy from Afghanistan and spent three years in a children's asylum center. But when he turns 18 and his application for asylum is rejected, he is forced to leave the country. Fearing for his life in Afghanistan, Wasi flees to Italy, hoping to here obtain a residence permit that will allow him to return to Denmark.

The third film, screened on Nov. 19, will be the Oscar-nominated “El Norte” (1983, UK/USA), directed by Gregory Nava. When a group of Mayan Indians decides to organize a labor union to improve conditions in their village, their community is violently destroyed by the Guatemalan army. Teenage siblings, Rosa (Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez) and Enrique (David Villalpando) manage to escape the massacre and decide to start a new life in El Norte — the USA.

These presentations are hosted by Rockport Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th annual Camden Conference — Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, Feb. 17-19. The 30th anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit; email; or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or