Children and families are the most deeply affected by a world that has been turned upside down by war and displacement. These are also the very people who are shown only as victims of the battles in the media and on television screens. We want to discuss how films that deal with children, young people, families and their situation also give a voice to children and young people. This voice shows their own perspectives on the war and their experiences but also their hopes and will to live. Listening more closely to these voices means not only creating a place for memories but also allows those affected to be the authors of their own biography.
This is Exile – Diaries of Child Refugees by Mani Benchelah, Lebanon, Switzerland, UK, 2015, 56 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles.
With thanks to Save the Children who have waived the performance fee for this event and kindly ask for your donations: www.savethechildren.org.uk/this-is-exile
Love during the Siege by Mattar Ismaeel, Syria 2015, 16 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles.
The Sun’s Incubator by Ammar Al-Beik, Syria 2011, 12 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles.
Vanessa Aab, German Institute of Film, Frankfurt