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Children of Shatila (1998)

Directed by Mai Masri

The Shatila Camp in Beirut has become home to more than 15,000 Palestinians and Lebanese who share a common experience of displacement, unemployment and poverty. This is the story of two Palestinian children born and raised in the Shatila Camp – Farah aged 11 and Issa aged 12. It is the intent of documentary filmmaker Mai Masri to present the children’s stories of the realities of life in Shatila through their own eyes and words, providing each child with a video camera.

Dreams and Silence (1991)

Directed by Omar Al Qattan

It is the autumn of 1990 in Jordan. The Islamic movement has declared a Holy War against the West and the Gulf War is at its height. Haifa Samhouri is a middle-aged Palestinian refugee living in Jordan. Haifa talks of her life as a refugee.

Baran (2001)

Directed by Majid Majidi

Based in Tehran, Baran tells of Lateef, a 17-year-old Kurdish worker, who is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat’s secret changes both their lives.

A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Directed by Bahman Ghobadi

This film is about a Kurdish family who are struggling to survive after the death of their father. Living in squalor and poverty in a village on the Iran-Iraq border for Kurdish refugee families, they must face the harshest of conditions as they try to save their youngest brother.

Blackboards (2000)

Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf

This movie tells of a group of Kurdish teachers who wander from village to village in the remote Iranian Kurdistan region during the Iran-Iraq war in search of students. They carry large blackboards on their backs, sometimes using them as shelter, camouflage and as shields for gunfire.

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