Footsteps on the Wind, dir. Maya Sanbar, Faga Melo, Gustavo Leal, UK 2021, 7 min.
Noor and her little brother Josef are on a journey far away from home, orphaned from a devastating earthquake. The story highlights the tragic stories of unaccompanied child refugees.
Notes on Displacement, dir. Khaled Jarrar, Palestine, Germany, Qatar 2022. 74 min.
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? This film follows a single family on a grueling journey: destination Germany. Their fear, disorientation and solidarity is palpable. 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. Jarrar has personal reasons for going through this experience in order to eliminate, through his own images, the distance so dominant in Western media coverage. 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 dehumanising camps. And in a sense he – along with the viewer – becomes a true member of this family.
The content of this film may be emotionally challenging for viewers. Notes on Displacement deals with themes of migrant and refugee issues, traveling by sea, violence, racial slurs, and death.
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