On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted educations, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances.
+ REFUGEE BLUES
Dir: Tristan Daws & Stephan Bookas
UK | 2016 | 6 min
+ THE BRIDGE
Dir: Babak Inaloo & Ali Haghooi
UK, Iran, France | 10 min
A deserving, timely winner of this year’s Berlinale Golden Bear, Gianfranco Rosi’s potent documentary explores the human national no-man’s land of Lampedusa, the island that represents the border of Europe. A through point for thousands of refugees and migrants over the past two decades, it’s the home of Samuele, a 12-year old kid living a normal life of school, hunting, and his slingshot. But there will always be the spectre of the sea, and the path it represents for people fleeing their homelands for the promise of a new life. A humane portrait of a crisis laid bare.
Dir: Daniel Mulloy
UK, USA, Kosovo | 2016 | 20 min
+ LA BESTIA
Dir: Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez & Konstantin Steinbichler
Mexico, Germany | 2014 | 30 min