Roubama by Rakan Mayasi (2012, 15 min.). No dialogue.

When Kareem’s sentiments collide with the notion of time, his imagination succumbs to a vicious reality. Will his love be rendered nonexistent? Inspired by a poem by Mahmoud Darwish, Roubama tells the story of a waiting refugee.

Between Heaven and Earth by Sahera Dirbas (2015, 11.5 min.). In Arabic and Italian with English subtitles.

A barbershop in Switzerland, run by two Iraqis: a place where refugees from different nationalities come and meet, each telling of their journey to Switzerland and life in exile.

The Way Home by Begonia Randhav (2015, 13 min.). In Arabic, English, and Swedish with English subtitles.

After escaping war in their home country, Sabah and some of her family end up at a hospital in Sweden. Her mother is sick, and her little brother confused, and their application for asylum in Sweden has been rejected. 

Tomatoes Tree by Armin Mobasseri (2016, 10 min.).

Malik and Omid are somewhere in Europe, looking for a smuggler to help them cross the next border. 

Xenos by Mahdi Fleifel (2013, 13 min.). Languages TBD.

In 2010, Palestinian Abu Eyad (portrayed Fleifel’s award-winning film, A World Not Ours) flees with others from the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Ain el-Helweh, heading for Europe. Aided by smugglers, they travel across Syria and Turkey to Greece. But Greece is mired in serious crises, and they get stuck there. Xenos provides an intense insight into the realities and everyday existence of the refugees flooding Europe. Abu Eyad has escaped, but his dreams have become nightmares.


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