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Friday, March 31, 2023 12:30pm

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Please join us for a screening of Symphony of Courage, a documentary about the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and its brave founder, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast. Challenging the Taliban’s ban on secular music, Dr. Sarmast joined forces with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to evacuate this music school, including the all-female orchestra Zohra, out of Afghanistan and to relocate them safely to Portugal. The documentary follows Farida and Zohra, the last two girls to be evacuated. The screening will be followed by a Q&A Panel moderated by HLS Lecturer on Law Jamie Wacks, featuring: HLS Alum Lesley Rosenthal (Class of ’89), Corporate Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Juilliard School, who helped to lead this worldwide humanitarian effort, successfully resettling 273 students, faculty, staff and families safely in Portugal; Beth Mendelson, Executive Producer / Director of Symphony of Courage, Voice of America, who helped to document this amazing story; and Jessica Lustig, Managing Director, 21C Media Group and Treasurer, Friends of ANIM. Felipes burritos will be served.

Contact Info: hmeadows@law.harvard.edu

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