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[02/03/17 - 10:00 AM]
Acclaimed Syrian Refugee Camp Documentary "After Spring" Makes National Television Debut on Starz on February 10
The film was executive produced by Jon Stewart and Chris McShane and directed/produced by Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez.

[via press release from Starz]

ACCLAIMED SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP DOCUMENTARY "AFTER SPRING" MAKES NATIONAL TELEVISION DEBUT ON STARZ ON FEBRUARY 10

PREVIEWS OF DOCUMENTARY AVAILABLE ON STARZ APP & STARZ ON-DEMAND BEGINNING TODAY

Executive Produced by Jon Stewart and Directed/Produced by MacArthur Foundation Award Recipients Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez

"After Spring" Received Critical Acclaim Following its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and Screenings at AFI DOCS & Sheffield Doc/Fest

WINNER - Audience Award - New Orleans Film Festival 2016

Beverly Hills, Calif. - February 3, 2017 - Starz announced today the critically-acclaimed documentary After Spring, executive produced by Jon Stewart and Chris McShane and directed/produced by Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez, will make its national television debut on Friday, February 10 at 9 PM ET/PT exclusively on STARZ. The documentary will be made available for STARZ subscribers on the STARZ app and STARZ ON DEMAND today, Friday, February 3, one week prior to the television premiere.

The outstanding documentary feature film tells the heartbreaking and inspiring personal stories of Syrian refugees and aid workers at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, home to 80,000 people and now considered the fourth largest city in Jordan. More than 50 percent of the camp's population is under 18 years old and over 5,000 babies have been born in the camp since it opened in July 2012. The Syrian conflict has displaced more than 10 million people, according to the United Nations.

"We've all seen the hyperbole and the polemics, and the propaganda about who these refugees are and what these camps are and to see it in its most stark human, objective form is beautiful," said Stewart. "[Filmmakers] Steph and Ellen found a way to tell the story of the camp, to provide some context for the families' stories in a beautiful, real and unobtrusive way that is particularly moving and urgent."

With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and some of the aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, its residents must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

"When we started working on this film three years ago, our goal was to put a human face to the Syrian refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the need for empathy and understanding has never been more urgent," said the filmmakers. "Today the Syrian refugee resettlement program has been suspended in the United States. We implore everyone to watch this film and spend some time with these two families who are affected by war and are now seeking safety. Every day we were so inspired by their hope, humor and resilience, and are incredibly grateful for their trust in welcoming us into their lives. We are so honored to help share their story with a wider audience, and hope that someday soon, we can return the favor, and refugees will again be welcome in the United States."

Steph Ching was associate producer and additional editor on the Emmy(R)-nominated documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Her other passions include volunteer work, participating in relief efforts during post-hurricane Katrina and making several trips to Sichuan, China to film testimonies with survivors of the 2008 earthquake. Her grandmother was a refugee at the end of WWII before eventually making her way to the United States.

Ellen Martinez was associate producer on Tested, a feature documentary about educational inequality in the New York City public school system. She served as directors assistant and has worked in the A.D. and production departments for various films in New York City. Martinez has spent more than eight years in the Middle East and lived in Syria for four years.

After Spring made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival 2016. The filmmakers are available to speak about the film and their experiences at Zaatari.

About the STARZ App

The STARZ app is offered on a variety of devices such as: Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Apple TV (4th gen and newer), iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.0 or higher, Roku(R), Sony Android TV, as well as most Android phones, tablets and TV devices. For a complete list of supported devices, please visit www.starz.com/settings/faq.

STARZ subscriptions can be purchased directly on Starz.com or through the Amazon Appstore, App StoreSM, Google Play or Roku for $8.99 per month with a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.

STARZ subscribers also receive instant access to more than 3,600 selections available via the app each month, including STARZ hit series ranging from "Black Sails," "Power," "Outlander" and the upcoming "American Gods," premiering this year; to Hollywood hits and popular movies including Ghostbusters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, Concussion, The Good Dinosaur, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Ant-Man.

STARZ subscribers from participating cable, satellite and telco partners can also authenticate and view STARZ content in the app including every episode of every season of the best of STARZ's original programming, as well as the biggest, most extensive movie library of all the premium subscription networks in the U.S.*

In December 2016, the STARZ app was named by Apple(R) as one of Apple TV's(R) "10 Best Apps of the Year," and has consistently ranked in the Top 10 Entertainment Top Grossing category on iTunes since its launch in April 2016.

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand with 24.5 million subscribers in the United States as of September 30, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31.5 million subscribers. Starz provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.

*source: Starz internal analysis of distinct movie title data for the period 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016.





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