Film Screening FAQ

How can I watch 8 Borders, 8 Days?
You can now see the film at a festival near you (check our screenings page) or at a local community screening. You can sign up to host your own screening in a cinema or in a community centre of your choice, or find a community screening near you. We make it easy to host your own screening and work with you to make it successful.

How long is the film?
The feature film is 60 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles. We recommend allowing 45-60 minutes following the film for discussion.

Is the film appropriate for young viewers?
The film is appropriate for young people, but the sensitivity of each child should be taken into account as there are some emotional scenes. The film is also subtitled so that should be taken into consideration.

What are some of the themes that the film addresses?
We hope that 8 Borders, 8 Days can be a lens to discuss several important issues in your community screenings and interactive discussions. Some of the key themes are refugee resettlement, refugee welcoming and integration, how to get involved supporting refugees, women’s rights, children’s rights and families fleeing war. We can help you tailor your program to fit your audience.

What is entailed in hosting a screening?
We make it easy to host a screening of 8 Borders, 8 Days. Click here to start the process,

After you sign up to host an event, we work with you to select a location, time, venue, run-of-show, speakers, and all other details. You can choose to host the screening in a cinema in your area, or in a venue of your choice. Hosting the film in a theatre is a great opportunity to bring together and mobilize communities, and to bring attention to your organization.

Regardless of the option you choose, we help you with the steps and send you the film, a discussion guide, and all of the tools you’ll need to spread the word about your screening, including postcards and fliers.

What does a typical community screening look like?
A typical community screening lasts two hours. The first hour will be spent screening the 60-minute film, and the second hour will be for an interactive discussion. A discussion can take many forms, but we recommend a small panel with a range of expertise. Your audience will likely have many questions, so leave plenty of time for open discussion and Q&A. To invite the filmmaker, Amanda Bailly, to attend via Skype or in person send us an email at

Why host a community screening?
A community screening can be an excellent way to bring your community together to address some of the most important issues of our time. The story of Sham’s family in 8 Borders, 8 Days is the perfect opportunity to invite your neighbors, congregation, politicians, media, and non-profits to get together and create action. At our community screenings in the past, we’ve had audience members offer jobs to refugees, rent assistance, language tutoring, job coaching and donations that helped refugee families get on their feet.

Where can you host a screening?
We encourage you to consider the cinema option – we’ll help with all the steps! But we are open to venues of any kind, and encourage creativity! Consider your local college, library, community center, place of worship, work meetings, or in your home with your neighbors. We provide a streaming link or a DVD.

How much does it cost to screen 8 Borders, 8 Days?
Our licensing fees vary depending on who is hosting the screening and for how many people. We operate on a sliding scale and strive to keep our fees as low as possible.

If you host a screening in a cinema, the event won’t happen unless all costs, including cinema rental and technology fees, are covered – so there’s no downside.

Why do you charge a fee?
The small licensing fee is standard practice for community screenings of documentary films, and we strive to keep our fees as low as possible. The fee allows us support you as you plan your community screenings.

We are a small team hoping to create big change. Licensing fees also support us as we continue growing the movement and spread the message of welcoming around the world. We are working around the clock to make new partners, grow our audience, and make sure the right people see the film.

In what format will the film be delivered?
We can provide the film in a temporary streaming link or a DVD if you are hosting the screening in your community. If you screen the film in a cinema, we provide the right technology there too.

Are there options if I don’t have a big budget?
Our goal is to make the film available to create dialogue in places where dialogue is needed most. That means some of our key partners in this campaign will be small, grassroots organizations. Send us an email and we will work with you to find a solution.

Can I charge admission?
You are welcome to charge an admission rate for guests attending your screening within the normal range of movie tickets. If you would like to use the film for a benefit function, please contact us.


Sign up to host a screening of 8 Borders, 8 Days in your community. We'll make sure you have all the materials and support you need to make your event a success.


To talk to someone about setting up a screening, email