Her documentary shines a light on the stories of lifeguards saving Syrian refugees from drowning. And the politics of what to do about the refugee crisis? First, stop the drownings, she says.
Maria Khani wears cotton archivist gloves as she arranges the folk art figurines, mother-of-pearl inlays and handcrafted dresses that are among the treasures in her traveling exhibition “A Country Called Syria.” “They protect everything from my hands,” Khani says. But one recent afternoon as she worked with the items in Chapman