"But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” - John Quincy Adams
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Monsters to Destroy

is a multimedia talk by filmmaker and comedian Ben Tumin examining refugee resettlement in the United States. Weaving together information about the refugee crisis, personal narrative, and pre-recorded interviews, Ben argues for expanded refugee resettlement on national security grounds.

Through a series of humanizing—and often humorous—interviews, he introduces the audience to five young Syrian refugees living in Germany, as well as a retired marine working in human rights advocacy. Their struggles, hopes, and passionate advocacy come into even sharper focus as Ben recounts the story of his grandfather, a German-Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis just prior to World War II. Through this personal narrative, Ben connects Americans' responses to refugees today to those of the past.

Leading refugee advocacy organizations have described the presentation as moving and informative, noting that the humor "works surprisingly, incredibly well," and declaring  the performance to be a worthwhile, unique experience for anyone passionate about human rights.

 
Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
— John Quincy Adams
 
 

Next Performance

@ Luminary Distilling

Erie, PA
June 19, 2018

 
 

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