Stories from the Syrian diaspora will reach the Vineyard next week, when the documentary film The Story Won’t Die premieres at the Grange Hall on July 28 as part of the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival summer series.

Directed by David Henry Gerson, an award-winning filmmaker with Vineyard roots, the story centers on a diverse collection of young Syrian artists scattered around the world. In the film, the young refugees use art and music to process the aftermath of their displacement, as well as to protest the authoritarian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

“I think the most important theme in this film is to never remain silent about injustice,” Mr. Gerson said in phone interview, citing the worldwide refugee crisis spurred by the Syrian civil war.

“The war in Syria has been going on for 11 years. And the person who oversaw all those deaths is still in power,” Mr. Gerson added.

According to Mr. Gerson, the Vineyard is a perfect place to premiere his latest film, especially considering the Island’s long tradition of activism and social justice. Spending summers here growing up, he can remember seeing many documentaries that would reveal stories of injustice.

“What I remember the most about the Vineyard is the intellectual current of the Island,” said Mr. Gerson. “A place full of thoughtful people who really care about the world. The Vineyard is really important to me and I am so excited to bring the film there.”

Mostly, Mr. Gerson sees this opportunity as a way to inspire viewers to create beauty in their lives, even when it seems like the world is increasingly filled with darkness.

“This is a story of how to transform struggles into something meaningful, and I think that’s a theme that many people can connect to, not just refugees,” Mr. Gerson said.