Children of Shantila by Mai Masri (1998, 47 min.). In Arabic, English and Hebrew with English subtitles. Documentary.

Living in Beirut’s Palestinian Shatila refugee camp, two streetwise children, Farah and Issa use their imagination and creativity to come to terms with the realities of growing up in a refugee camp that has survived massacre, siege and starvation.

Part of the Boston Palestine Film Festival’s Mai Masri Retrospective. Followed by a Q&A with the director.

Paper Boat by Mahmoud Ghalwa (2016, 15 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles. 

How to welcome a child into a world darkened by endless war? A young, expecting couple in Gaza struggle with this agonizing question in the lead up to the Israeli invasion of the Strip in 2014. 

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