E – IMMIGRATION REFUGEES
Forward Film Production
Lebanon, 2014, 42’, Arabic with English and Italian subtitles
Palestinian refugees have been living in Syria since they had been forced to flee Palestine in 1948. As the Syrian crisis intensifies, they alongside the Syrians have been affected by the war. Their story, however, is more complex. By fleeing Syria and seeking refuge in Lebanon they are becoming a special category of refugees: they are refugees twice over. As Palestinians they are not entirely welcome in Lebanon. As refugees, their travel documents are not recognized. As Palestinians, this is the second time they lose everything and find themselves once more homeless and stateless. This documentary film tells part of the story of those twice-over refugees. A story where memories were awakened between one exodus and the other, and where loss invades all things striking the very self. A story where the causes and consequences are known, but not the closure. A story where lives are continuously being rebuilt and improvised awaiting the return.