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Film Screening: Lifeboat

  • 2200 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Followed by a Discussion with Director Skye Fitzgerald

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 PM
2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a film screening of the award-winning documentary, Lifeboat, followed by a panel discussion with Director Skye Fitzgerald.

Lifeboat is a 34-minute documentary film that captures the desperate plight of refugees as they undertake the dangerous Mediterranean crossing from Libya to Europe in rubber boats. The film follows volunteers from a German non-profit who work to bring humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering and restore the human dignity of those fleeing war, human trafficking, slavery and other dire human rights abuses in Libya and the surrounding region.

Following the screening, panelists will discuss the making of the film, the current humanitarian crisis facing refugees in this part of the world, and the ongoing need for the international community to offer aid and support for refugees.


  • Skye Fitzgerald, Director, Lifeboat

  • Tessa Valk Mayerick, External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


  • Rhoda Margesson, Specialist in International Humanitarian Policy, Congressional Research Service

Opening Remarks:

  • Rep. Randy Hultgren, Co-Chair, TLHRC

The screening and panel discussion is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Jamie Staley (for Rep. Hultgren) at 202-226-1516 or Jamie.Staley@mail.house.gov or Kimberly Stanton (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Kimberly.Stanton@mail.house.gov.


Randy Hultgren, M.C.                                    James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chair, TLHRC                                          Co-Chair, TLHRC