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Marwa, her mother and siblings are stranded in Zaatari Refugee Camp - Jordan, where they arrived in 2012 after escaping war in Syria. Marwa is nine, and like any child, her concerns revolve around school, and her interests around playtime. Throughout the film, her playful character comes to life with her mischievous younger brother Mahmoud and her sassy younger sister, Ayah, whose character also reveals the depth of the emotional impact war can have on a little girl. Four months into camp life, Marwa expects that they’d likely stay there for another week, maybe two. Over the ensuing four years, the director follows Marwa’s day to day life in the camp, where she blossoms from a child to a young woman, where life perseveres time and again, despite its unusual shape. Amidst daily challenges, we witness humor, friction, and a range of survival sentiments, but above all, resilience is vivid. As a young, open spirit, Marwa envisions herself as a “free pigeon” in her own words, unrestricted by high walls and barbwires. As the years go by, Marwa gets attached to her camp life, friends, and make-shift home, until one day, her elder brother is called upon by authorities for interrogation about his association with militant extremists. Only then their “settled” life takes an immense turn, and questions the certainty of their narrative.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    85 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, France
  • Director
    Dina Naser