In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon travelled with smugglers through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they come looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political, and social collapse.
Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to live in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds, he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.
A sociological meditation on the different “exits” that young Palestinians choose, in order to cope with life in the refugee camps.
A pre-recorded conversation between the curators and the filmmakers is available here.
Strand curated by Yasmin Fedda and Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan.
Denmark, United Kingdom, Lebanon