Souriyat: A Documentary Short

Souriyat: A Documentary Short

Souriyat is a documentary short we did back in 2017.

It is about the work of Souriyat Across Borders in Amman, Jordan — offering rehabilitation services to men and boys wounded in the Syrian civil war.

This film is just one of the inspiring stories we were able to witness and record. There are so many more to tell.

Many of our documentary films feature humanitarian organizations or individuals working to make the world a better place:

  • Witness at Tornillo: The story of one man standing up for justice and starting a movement to free asylum-seeking children from an internment camp.
  • Songs From the Street: A story of homeless people finding visibility and community through choir.
  • Syrian Doctor (working title): In post-production now. A story of the mental health crisis in Syrian refugee children.
  • A Vietnam Peace Story: A story of the internal conflict and growth of U.S. veterans returning to Vietnam.
  • Witness at the Border:  A story of the Central Americans forced to wait for months or years for an asylum hearing in a makeshift and dangerous refugee camp because new U.S. federal policies.
  • All of a Sudden: In production now. The story of the emotional and social transition that occurs when a chronically homeless person receives a permanent home.

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To participate in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team, we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea

Hire Carbon Trace Productions

Hire Carbon Trace Productions

Let the team at Carbon Trace Productions produce video content for your organization!

You can hire Carbon Trace Productions to create videos for your non-profit needs, just like the one you see above. We create videos that tell stories in the documentary style.

These can be useful for:

  • Raising funds
  • Promoting programs
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Documenting successes

Our team can even help you write video production into your next grant.

Contact us to help with your next project.

Examples of our Work:

SAMS Response to COVID-19 from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

 

Heroes at the Border – A Humanitarian Spotlight from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

 

TCG and the Unsheltered from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

 

Springfield Community Gardens: Get Involved from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

 

East Meets West Foundation from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

 

SAMS Jordan April 2017 Mission Recap from Carbon Trace Productions on Vimeo.

Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Check out our Patreon memberships. At the $5 per month level of support, you get free VIP codes for all Carbon Trace pay-per-view movies, including the right to download a copy to keep! It’s a great way to watch our documentary films while supporting our nonprofit mission of documentary education and humanitarian service.

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To participate in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team, we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea

Bill and Bette Byrne are posing for a photo. Bill is holding their newborn baby Gretchen and their black Labrador looking dog is in the photo looking as if he is going to give Bette a sick on the chin.

A Love Story for the Ages

Bill and Bette Byrne are posing for a photo. Bill is holding their newborn baby Gretchen and their black Labrador looking dog is in the photo looking as if he is going to give Bette a sick on the chin.
Bill and Bette Byrne: Summer of 73

 

Bill and Bette: A love story for the ages.

These two former “Back to the Landers” in Shannon County, Missouri, are two of the smartest and most humble people the Carbon Trace team has ever come across. We can’t wait to tell their story and others with “A Portrait of the Ozarks.”

Forty years ago, life in Shannon County, Missouri, was preserved through two documentaries created by MSU’s Center for Ozarks Studies. These filmsSet in the 1980's, Bill and Bette Byrne are sitting at a table with their two year old daughter on their lap. There are two brown coffee mugs on the table. continue to be immensely popular; the current versions on YouTube have received over a quarter of a million views each in the last 5 years, with many comments asking what Shannon County is like today or making assumptions about the community. Bill and Bette both had a short highlight in the film, but they may play a much bigger role in this new production. 

The Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Missouri State University, the University Libraries, and Carbon Trace Productions are partnering to revisit this area of Missouri in search of the indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas. We want to go beyond county-level population trends, employment, income, and poverty to see who the people still live in such a rural part of the state. 

The Byrnes are a fascinating family to follow as they were “newcomers” in the former films. Today, these people are ingrained in the Shannon County Community. Both are looked up to as respected, helpful, and friendly folks who have given their lives to help others. Our film will explore the cultural heritage aspects of the Ozarks and the softer side of traditionalism, and the concept of family in rural America.   

The project will grow from the project partners’ expertise, students’ and alumni’s participation, and the input from supporters currently in Shannon County. We hope to shed light on stereotypes and assumptions of the rural Ozarks and evaluate the increasing political divide in the United States between urban and rural in the microcosm of a rural county.

Funding is being sought through various granting agencies, including the NEH, completing the film in its entirety. However, time is of the essence as we would like to begin reaching out to the community’s aging members who were part of the original film. If you would like to help, give our Executive Director a call at 816-872-6789. 

Bill and Bette Byrnes of today are standing by a pond. Bill is looking at Bette, she is smiling.
07/30/2020 — Eminence MO — Stills and video of Crystal Creek Ranch owners Bob and Bette Byrnes for “Portrait of the Ozarks.” (back to the landers in the original film) with Andy Cline and Shannon Cay.
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