Zaatari Djinn
Zaatari Djinn

Zaatari Djinn

2016  |  55 Min

  • Director: Catherine van Campen
  • Cast: Hammoudi Al-Mansour, Maryam Al-Hariri, Fatma Al-Badawy, Nour Al-Houda Abo Jaish, Ferras Adnan
  • Awards: Audience Awards for Best Medium Length Film & Best Feature Length Film - The Arab Film Festival 2017, Special Jury Award - IDFA (Dutch Competition) 2016, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – Human Rights Competition 2017, Audience Award for Best medium length and feature film - Perugia International Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival - Standing Up Competition 2017, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - New Docs Competition 2017, Montreal International Documentary Festival - International Feature Competition 2017
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In the Jordan desert is the settlement of Zaatari, home to thousands of refugees displaced by the Syrian Civil War. This surprisingly bright film depicts their grim world through the eyes of four children, innocent and cheerful despite their situation. One little boy sells sweets on the streets to support his parents, while another gives up his cycle to afford clothes for his younger brother. A young girl fights her mother’s efforts to keep her from growing up too quickly, while another is drawn to the stage despite the teachings of religion. While much has been lost, the dreams in their eyes hold out a light for the future.

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