Shebabs of Yarmouk by Axel Salvatori-Sinz (France, 2012, 77 min.). In this spirited film we follow five Palestinian refugees living in the Yarmouk, a 50-year-old refugee camp in Syria. For these third-generation refugees on the cusp of adulthood, a place to call home eludes them—but they yearn for it just the same. The film captures the lives and unshakable bonds of friendship formed in the camp, the dashed aspirations, and the ceaseless frustrations born of sanctions. Despite their circumstances, Shababs of Yarmouk finds vibrancy and grace among hardship.
MiG by Thaer alSahli (2011, 12 min.). In this lyrical first-person film, the filmmaker bears witness to the aftermath of a direct Syrian regime strike on the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, the first since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. The bombing, which hit a school and a mosque, caused a massive exodus of refugees from the camp—upwards of 70% of its residents by some estimates.