Refugees prepare Syrian feast to honor Alexandra Shiva's new documentary

After the New York premiere of Alexandra Shiva’s new doc “This Is Home: A Refugee Story” — a group of refugee chefs prepared a triumphant Syrian feast in celebration. 

Shiva’s Epix movie from It producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television screened at the SVA Theatre and featured a Q&A with the director and The New Yorker’s Hilton Als. 

The film, which won a Sundance audience award, follows four Syrian families arriving in America. 

For a homey dinner afterward, hosted in the open kitchen of Shiva and her playwright husband, Jonathan Marc Sherman, caterers Ratatouille and Co. — which aims to not only serve delicious food but empower women and create opportunities by hiring refugees and immigrants with a passion for cooking — served a spread of falafel sliders, labneh and kebbe. 

Among the guests were Ethan Hawke, “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt, Alexandra Pelosi, Sandra Bernhard, Martha Plimpton, Josh Charles, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, Jake Paltrow, Griffin Dunne, Blum and producer Lindsey Megrue. 

The film airs June 22. Blum’s upcoming credits include HBO’s “Sharp Objects.”

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