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From the 2nd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Peace & _______

Entered in Social Justice

About this entry

Peace & _____ is a 3-part docu digital series that celebrates refugees as they connect with their new host communities through the sharing of their passions. With the sharing of talents shared by individuals worldwide we open up a conversation that can create bridges of peace and understanding.

Our objective was to inspire our audience by highlighting resettled Syrians who fought the odds to safely leave Syria and now are thriving, connecting to their new neighbors by doing what they love.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

It was important to highlight a variety of passions that people from around the world can understand and appreciate. Dance, food and music speak an international language that we hoped would bridge a deeper conversation amongst our audience to the Syrian refugee community.

By diving deep into the personal journeys of our subjects, we strove to build empathy for where they came from and the uphill battle they continue to fight for acceptance. With moments highlighting where they use their talents to connect to their new host communities, we created a larger message of peace and acceptance.


The Peace & series experienced high viewership and engagement, with the series garnering over a tremendous 16.6 million views on Facebook and YouTube video players. The entire series was posted on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on's website and has acquired over 200,000 shares.

The series created a very real and thoughtful conversation around the refugee crisis. We see very active engagement with comments including those celebrating the acceptance of our subjects.

"What a wonderful sharing of your strength and courage, but mostly of how all people can share talent and where we are from does not have to make a difference.The reminder that we are all one people no matter where we are from or what talents we have, each of us have value and is important."

"All I like to say is BRAVO young man!!!! You are phenomenal!!!! Thank you for sharing your life and love for dance with us all and please forgive the once that claim to work and talk on behalf of God. Live your life to the fullest and NEVER feel guilty for that."


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