Skip to content

Directed by Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching

United States 2016 101 mins. In Arabic, English, Korean

The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is the largest gathering spot in the Middle East for the millions of refugees fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria. While some have escaped to Europe, the majority of people driven from their homes find themselves in an endless limbo, fearful that their children will never have a normal life and that violence will be generational. As we follow two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, we come to understand the experience of camp life and the anguish of rebuild lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.