Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Thursday, January 24
This Is Home

About the Event

Registration: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Film Screening: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. 
Q&A Panel Discussion: 8:45 - 9:15 p.m.

Trailer of the documentary


‘This is Home’ follows the lives of four Syrian families as they transition from life in Syria to adjusting in the United States. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges such as learning English, getting a job, and being separated from family due to the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested.

It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it’s like to start over, no matter the obstacles. We witness the families’ struggles and triumphs up close through the drama of everyday life. Through intimate access, this cinema vérité film takes a fresh look at the classic American immigration story and challenges us to see past differences to find common ground. ‘This is Home’ goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis.

About the Speakers: 

With almost 20 years of experience in international and domestic programming at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Suzy Cop brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for refugee resettlement to Texas. She began working in refugee services in Zagreb, Croatia, while responding to the Balkan conflict with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team. Her experience working with refugee processing and placement with Bosnian refugees brought her closer to the work of the IRC, which shared the office floor with USAID at the time.

Eventually returning home to the United States, Cop acted as the Regional Director at the IRC in Baltimore for four years. In 2006, she took on the role of Executive Director at the IRC in Miami. Over the past twelve years, the IRC in Miami has grown. Some notable accomplishments have been: opening a satellite office in Tallahassee and expanding services to vulnerable populations (i.e unaccompanied minor children), programming which has now expanded to other IRC offices.


The screening is organized by the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston


Directions to Rice Cinema, Rice Media Center:
Entrance #8 via University Blvd and Stockton Drive
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Directions & Parking

Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive

Nearest visitor parking lots:
Moody Lot (previously known as Hess Lot)


Rice Media Center
Auditorium #100