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Salam Neighbor (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Adventure, Drama | 20 June 2015 (USA)
Two filmmakers fully embed themselves in a Syrian refugee camp, providing an intimate look at the world's most dire humanitarian crisis.
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Two Americans deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors. Written by Anonymous

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The White Man's Burden heads to a Refugee Camp
22 April 2018 | by lmucha-44574See all my reviews

This film, although it highlights an important humanitarian crisis, purportedly focuses on Syrian refugees in the Jordanian refugee camp Za'atari, but the filmmakers insert themselves into the narrative so much that the documentary loses its way. These young documentary filmmakers, both white American men, have no knowledge of the region or language, but plan to "live like refugees" in the camp for a month. This is simply not possible - the men arrive with a translator, a camera crew, and backpacks full of clean clothes. They immediately make connections with the "locals," but often open old wounds because they lack a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by refugees. In all, there are most informative and complex films that depict the refugee experience.


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