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The news is full of images of overcrowded boats and vast tent camps. But how much do we really know about what refugees are going through? Notes on Displacement follows a single family on a grueling journey, destination Germany. Their fear, disorientation, and solidarity is palpable. Nadira, an elderly Palestinian, has been a refugee since the age of twelve. She was forced to leave Palestine as a child, and now she has to leave Damascus, too. Filmmaker Khaled Jarrar receives unsettling videos and voice messages as they journey to the Greek island of Lesbos where he joins them. Jarrar has his own reasons for going through this experience—to eliminate the distance so dominant in Western media coverage. He works his way through the thronging crowds, gets lost in the night with his group, discovers how dangerous language barriers can be, and navigates the dehumanizing camps. And in a sense he—along with the viewer—becomes a true member of this family.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    74 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, English
  • Country
    Palestine, Germany, Qatar
  • Subtitle Language
  • Director
    Khaled Jarrar
  • Cinematographer
    Khaled Jarrar
  • Editor
    Gladys Joujou