Notes on Displacement
World premiere: IDFA 2022 / Envision Competition
The news is full of disturbing images of overcrowded boats and vast tent camps. But how much do we really know about what refugees are going through? Nadira, an elderly Palestinian, has been a refugee since the age of 12. Now she has to evacuate Damascus, too. She and her daughter Mona feared for their lives there, but the idea of a safe existence elsewhere is a distant dream. Filmmaker Khaled Jarrar receives unsettling videos and voice messages as they cross to the Greek island of Lesbos. He joins them there, on the long road to a new life. He worms his way through the thronging crowds, gets lost in the night with his group, discovers how dangerous language barriers can be, and wanders around in the dehumanizing camps. And in a sense he—along with the viewer— becomes a true member of this family.
Palestine/ Germany/ Qatar, 2022, 74'