The Last of Little Syria

Toledo's once thriving Arab enclave of Little Syria is most defined by those who’ve left. Syrians, Lebanese, and Palestinians. Today, few remain. This short documentary captures life in the city's oldest neighborhood through the eyes of a Lebanese shopkeeper who refuses to leave.

  • Hasan Dudar
  • Katie Rausch
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Mizna Twin Cities Arab Film Festival 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    November 7, 2015
  • The Arab American National Museum
    Dearborn, MI
    December 11, 2015
  • Glass City Film Festival Launch: The Ohio Theatre
    Toledo, OH
    October 14, 2015
  • The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo
    Perrysburg, OH
    August 6, 2015
Director Biography

Hasan Dudar is a web editor at The Blade, the daily newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, where he launched Mideast in the Midwest, an oral history and census project on the city's Middle Eastern community. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a master's in long-form journalism. He was born and raised in Toledo.

Katie Rausch is a staff photojournalist with The Blade in Toledo, Ohio. Working as a large-market journalist with a small-town eye, Katie's storytelling emphasizes both the issues at play in her community and the people behind them. She graduated in 2009 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and an external specialty in cultural anthropology. She was awarded the Ohio News Photographers Association's 2013 Large Market Photojournalist of the Year.

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